Aston Villa has fired manager Dean Smith after three years in office.
Smith, 50, goes after Villa 1-0 loss to Southampton on Friday, the club’s fifth consecutive loss in the Premier League.
Villa is ranked 15th in the league, two points above the relegation zone.
“This year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performance and position in the league that we were all looking for,” said Villa boss Christian Purslow.
He added: “For this reason, we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.”
Smith was named Villa’s manager in October 2018, leading them to promotion to the Championship in his first season in charge.
Although they struggled in their first season in the top flight, narrowly avoiding relegation, Smith led the club to the 2019-20 Carabao Cup final.
The 2020-21 season saw Villa achieve an 11th place in the Premier League, but after star player Jack Grealish left Manchester City in the summer, the results began to wane.
The club have not won since defeating Manchester United on September 25, scoring just 10 points in the first 11 games of the season.
It is his worst losing streak since January to February 2017 in the Championship.
Smith is the fifth change of direction in the top flight this season, with Tottenham firing Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday and Norwich firing Daniel Farke late on Saturday.
Watford fired Xisco Muñoz in October, while Steve Bruce left his position as Newcastle coach by mutual consent on October 20.
Villa says the process to replace Smith has begun.
“The board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent accomplishments, on and off the court, during this time,” added Purslow.
“Everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with distinction and dignity, universally loved and respected by everyone associated with Aston Villa.”
Grealish tweeted: “No1 will never compare, the real goat.”
More to follow.