Wigan Athletic have sacked boss Kolo Toure after failing to win one of his nine games in charge.
The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender was only named Leam Richardson’s successor in November.
However, the Latics have taken just two points from his seven league appearances at the helm and are bottom of the table, four points from safety.
They now have a two-week break before returning to action with a trip to Blackburn on Monday February 6.
“As difficult as it has been, the board felt it necessary to give us the best possible chance of remaining a Championship club next season,” said Wigan chief executive Malachy Brannigan.
Wigan have confirmed that two members of Toure’s staff, Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal, have also left the club.
The remaining coaching staff will take care of the first team on an interim basis and Wigan say they are “working quickly to identify and appoint a new manager”.
“I want to thank Kolo, as well as Kevin and Ash, for their efforts during their time at the football club,” Brannigan added.
“We know that this time of year is a key time for any football club, including us.
“We will now work quickly and efficiently to ensure the right person is appointed as Wigan Athletic’s next permanent manager, with the immediate objective of remaining in the second tier for next season.”
Toure had been part of Brendan Rodgers’ squad at Celtic and Leicester before leaving the Foxes for the Wigan job on November 29.
His reign began with a 1-1 draw at Millwall, but they then lost to Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Hull City, the bottom three all by 4-1.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup in a third-round replay by Luton, Toure admitted he was still getting to know his players.
His last game in charge was a 2-0 home defeat to Luton in the league on Saturday.
Wigan is now in the hunt for its fifth permanent manager in the past three years.
Following the resignation of Paul Cook while the club was under administration in August 2020, John Sheridan took over on a monthly basis before leaving in November of the same year.
Richardson initially took over on a temporary basis and guided Wigan to safety in League One that season before being appointed permanent manager in April 2021.
He led them to the Ligue 1 title on the final day of the 2021-22 season but was sacked on November 10 after falling into the league’s relegation zone.