Steve Bruce has been sacked by Aston Villa.
Villa are 12th in the Championship after their 3-3 draw with Preston North End and that result was the last straw for the club’s owners.
Bruce has now been dismissed along with his backroom staff with under-23s boss Kevin MacDonald set to charge of the team to face Millwall on Saturday
“We would like to place on record our gratitude to Steve and his team for their hard work and commitment. We wish them well for the future,” a club statement said.
“The process of recruiting a new manager has begun.”
The bookies have now issued prices for his replacement.
Thierry Henry has been installed as a 5/1 shot to take over at Villa Park, and is believed to be well in the running.
Elsewhere, ex-Chelsea staple and ex-Villa player John Terry is a 10/1 shot to take over the club and try and get them back in the Premier League.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “It hasn’t quite been the start Villa would have hoped for after their heavy investment.
“Bruce has struggled to win over a large amount of the fans and we could well see Thierry Henry get his first taste in management.
“John Terry’s association with the club will no doubt draw a number of bets but it is still rather unlikely the former Chelsea skipper will take over at Villa Park at this infancy stage of his managerial career.”