Watford have opted to sack manager Quique Sanchez Flores just three months after he returned to the club to replace Javi Gracia.
The Hornets have won just one Premier League game all season and lay bottom of the table, six points away from safety.
Club Statement: Quique Sánchez Flores— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 1, 2019
The 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Southampton appears to have been the last straw for the club's owner Gino Pozzo, famed for his impatience with his managers, after the Hornets surrendered a goal advantage with less than 15 minutes to play.
His sacking has now been confirmed by the club in a short statement released on the club's official website.
"The appointment of a new Head Coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.
"No further comment from Watford FC will be made until a new Head Coach is announced."
The Hornets situation is unlikely to improve over a busy festive period, unless they can pull off a number of surprising results against some of the Premier League's biggest teams.
Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton is the early frontrunner to succeed Sanchez Flores in Hertfordshire, having been out of work since leaving the Amex Stadium at the conclusion of the 2018/19 campaign.