Sunderland have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio after a poor start to the season that has left the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League table.
The 45-year-old Italian has won three of his 13 matches since being appointed in March and Sunderland have one point from five games this campaign.
"An announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor," read a club statement.
In the meantime, coach Kevin Ball will take charge of the first-team squad.
The statement added: "The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future."
Ball's opening duty is to prepare the side for Tuesday's Capital One Cup third-round match against Peterborough United at the Stadium of Light.
Di Canio succeeded Martin O'Neill on 31 March but later admitted he feared the sack in the immediate controversy over his arrival.
More to follow.