Claudio Ranieri, the manager of Watford, was fired on Monday following just 14 games in charge of the Premier League strugglers according to AFP.
Ranieri was hired in October to replace Xisco Munoz, who had been fired.
However, the 70-year-old Italian was unable to turn Watford’s fortunes around, with the Hornets only picking up seven points during his brief tenure.
Following last week’s 3-0 defeat against relegation rivals Norwich, Ranieri paid the price for Watford’s slide into the relegation zone just 112 days after his appointment.
“Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Claudio Ranieri,” a club statement said.
“The Hornets’ Board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity,” the statement said.
“However the Board feels that, with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, a change in the Head Coach position now will give a new appointment sufficient time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate goal of retaining Premier League status.
“No further club comment will be made until this new appointment is confirmed in due course.”
Watford is in second place in the table, two points from safety, having lost seven of their last eight league games.
They have gone nine games without a win in all competitions, their longest winless streak since 2013.