Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dismissed by Chelsea from his position as team manager.
Scolari becomes the second managerial casualty of the day, as Portsmouth boss Tony Adams was also removed earlier today.
The ruthless moves came after a series of disappointing results that have seen Manchester United take a firm grip on the Premiership title race.
High profile names are already being linked to the job, with a suggested return for Jose Mourinho. Ex-Chelsea star and West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has also been linked to the job.
In a club statement, Chelsea stated that the search to replace Scolari has begun and a successor will be in place as soon as possible.
The fall from grace for the Brazilian was a drastically steep one. At the beginning of December, his side was without doubt the form team, sitting pretty on top, with Nicolas Anelka back to his menacing best and a typical watertight defence to boast.
What a difference two months can make, as the beginning of February sees Chelsea not ahead of Manchester United, but snapping seemingly helpless at their heels. Add to this their Carling Cup exit and five draws at home and the transformation is complete.
Whoever takes the job at Stamford Bridge will inherit a situation with little promise in front of a crowd who expect everything; it will surely be a case of writing off this season and looking firmly ahead and not back.