Alan Irvine was last night sacked as West Bromwich Albion head coach.
The struggling Baggies are now considering Tim Sherwood as a replacement for the Scot.
Irvine's difficult six-month spell at the Hawthorns ended a poor run of after seven defeats in nine games, leaving Albion searching for their fourth head coach in just over a year.
Jeremy Peace, the chairman, has been growing increasingly concerned by the slump and finally decided to terminate Irvine's contract after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, which left the club just one point adrift of the bottom three.
Sherwood, who was interviewed for the post in June, may well get another chance to grab the hotseat while Tony Pulis, the former Crystal Palace manager, is also expected to come under consideration.
Albion chiefs had delayed making a decision on Irvine in the hope of a revival but the team's dismal form, and the sheer level of hostility from supporters towards the 56-year-old Irvine, forced them to act.
Sherwood who left Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season, is a favourite - even though he expressed reservations over the structure at the Hawthorns.