Graham Potter has been sacked as Chelsea manager after less than seven months in charge with the Blues languishing a lowly 11th in the Premier League.
It comes after their dismal 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, with Potter winning just 12 of his 31 games in charge.
Bruno Saltor – who made the switch with Potter from Brighton to be part of his backroom staff at Stamford Bridge – will take charge of the team as interim manager.
A statement on behalf of co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea.
‘We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.
‘We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.’
The statement on Chelsea’s website added that Potter ‘agreed to collaborate’ with the club to facilitate a smooth transition, and the Blues thanked the 47-year-old for his efforts.