Bristol City have sacked manager Nigel Pearson after two and a half years in charge, with the Robins 15th in the Championship.
The club have lost five of their past seven matches with Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Cardiff Pearson’s final game.
The 60-year-old was appointed in February 2021, initially on a short-term deal, and was the second longest-serving manager in the Championship.
His contract was due to expire at the end of this season.
“This was a difficult decision to make as we recognise and appreciate how much Nigel has done for the club over the past two-and-a-half years on and off the pitch,” said club chairman Jon Lansdown.
“Nigel is highly respected by the staff and players and has been very supportive of the academy structure and our women’s team.
“We all wanted Nigel to achieve our ambition to be promoted but, with our recent results, feel that now is the time to make a change to give the club the best possible chance of success.”
Assistant manager Curtis Fleming will take on the role of interim head coach, while a new appointment is made.
Former Leicester and Watford manager Pearson signed a three-year deal until 2024, but after the loss to Coventry last weekend he said that he may be “fighting for his job” with the deal soon to expire.
The team finished 14th in the Championship last season and have won five of their 14 league matches, with three draws and six defeats.