Leeds United has sacked manager Marcelo Bielsa following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.
The Argentine, 66, is a popular figure at Elland Road after ending their 16-year exile from the Premier League in 2020, but recent results have left them freefalling towards danger.
A dismal run of form has seen the Whites concede 20 goals in their last five games as they sit just two points above the relegation zone.
Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said in a statement: “This has been the toughest decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United, taking into account all the success Marcelo has had at the club.
“With Marcelo as our head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times returned to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and brought a winning mentality to us all.
“The moments created, particularly in the 2019/20 season and winning promotion to the Premier League, will, of course, live long in all our memories, I and the fans included.
“However, I have to act in the best interest of the club and I believe a change is required now in order to secure our Premier League status. Recent results and performances have not met our expectations.
“We find ourselves in a precarious league position and I feel now is the right time to bring in a new head coach, in order to have an impact in the decisive stage of the season.
“Naturally, myself, along with everyone else at the club would like to thank Marcelo for his efforts and achievements and we wish him the very best for the future.”
Former RB Leipzig Jesse Marsch is the current favorite to take over the hot seat.