Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as head coach of Bayern Munich following an underwhelming start to the season that culminated in Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League thrashing at Paris Saint-Germain.
Ancelotti had won the Bundesliga title in his first campaign in Germany, but results and performances have tailed off - amid reports former club AC Milan are interested in the Italian - and the Bayern board acted on Thursday.
Bayern are third in the league and second in their Champions League group, with dismal defeats to Hoffenheim and PSG exacerbated by further poor displays and apparent problems behind the scenes.
Ancelotti's assistant and former Bayern defender Willy Sagnol will take charge in the interim, though Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has been long touted as a target by Allianz Arena chiefs.
1 - Yesterday's defeat against Paris (0-3) was Carlo Ancelotti's heaviest with Bayern Munchen in all competitions. Fatal. pic.twitter.com/oIERIJq6Wn-- OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 28, 2017
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement: "The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them.
"The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to take action.
"Hasan Salihamidzic [sporting director] and I gave Carlo an open and serious discussion today and informed him of our decision.
"I would like to thank Carlo for his co-operation and regret that we have had to take this decision.
"Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision in the best interests of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and improve performance, so we can reach our goals for this season."