Chris Wilder has left his role as Sheffield United manager, with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and hot favourites to get relegated.
Sky Sports reported on Friday that Wilder has left the Blades after a terrible season in which they have won just four league games.
Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Southampton left them on 14 points, 12 points adrift of the safety zone with 10 matches to play.
Sheffield United were among the league's success stories last season following their promotion to the top flight as they punched above their weight to finish a respectable ninth, with Wilder hailed for helping them adapt to the new challenge.
Yet their troubles began towards the end of the COVID-19-hit 2019-20 campaign, when they lost their final three games.
Their poor form spilled over into this season, with their first league win coming in their 18th game against Newcastle United in January.
Tensions between Wilder and club owner Abdullah Bin Musa'ad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reportedly escalated in recent weeks, following the club's failure to bring in new players in January.
Yorkshireman Wilder, 53, took charge of his boyhood club in 2016 after they finished 11th in League One (third tier).
He led them to two promotions in three years and their highest top-flight finish in 28 years.
The Blades visit third-placed Leicester City on Sunday.