English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have sacked coach Andre Villas Boas.
His dismissal comes a day after Spurs were dealt their worst defeat at White Hart Lane in 16 years -a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
Media speculation over Villas Boas’ future began at the end of November when his side were demolished 6-0 by Manchester City.
The Londoners are seventh in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.
Technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood will take over on a temporary basis until a full time replacement has been found.
According to reports former England boss manager Fabio Capello has been named among the early contenders for the job.
Elsewhere Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid appears to have been the last straw for the Valencia board who on Monday fired their Serbian coach Miroslav Djukic.
After an indifferent start to the season the Spaniards are in ninth place and will spent the second half of it battling to finish in the European spots.
Former Spain international Juan Antonio Pizzi is the media’s favourite to take over.