Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked, only 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
His dismissal was announced shortly after 0830 BST, following a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the club's training ground.
Moyes, who turns 51 on Friday, was appointed on the recommendation of fellow-Scot Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season after 26 years in the job.
Moyes signed a six-year contract with the club last summer, but as the club failed to make the top four, it is believed United need only compensate him one year's wages – which would be around £4.5 million.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as the interim manager until the end of the season.
Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite for the permanent job and the former Barcelona and Ajax boss has confirmed he is leaving the Dutch national team after the World Cup.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has also been linked although he extended his contract with the Bundesliga giants until 2018 only last October and appears to have ruled himself out telling the Guardian: "Manchester United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."