Sheffield Wednesday have sacked manager Tony Pulis less than two months after his appointment.
Wednesday made the decision to sack Pulis two days after a 1-1 draw at Blackburn, his 10th league match in charge.
Since his appointment in November Wednesday have won just one of 10 league matches.
Results have been poor ever since Wednesday decided to replace Garry Monk with Pulis in November. Pulis has presided over only a solitary win, a 1-0 victory at home to Coventry on December 19. Wednesday lie second bottom of the table on 13 points, three points from safety.
Wednesday have said first-team coach Neil Thompson will take charge until a permanent appointment is made, starting with Tuesday's game against Middlesbrough. Chairman Dejphon Chansiri said in a statement on the club website: “The performances and results have not been of the level expected since Tony Pulis was appointed. “There are also other issues which have had a bearing on this decision." “On the pitch, seven points from a possible 30 is not acceptable. It is vital we maintain our Championship status and I feel I must make a change now with over half of the season remaining to give us the best possible chance of doing so.”