Leicester have sacked director of football Terry Robinson, but manager Nigel Pearson still retains the faith of the club despite a slump in results.
Press Association Sport understands the decision is based purely on footballing reasons.
"Leicester City Football Club has terminated the contract of its director of football, Terry Robinson," said a statement from the Barclays Premier League club.
"He departs with immediate effect and with the best wishes of everyone at the football club.
"Current academy director Jon Rudkin will assume the responsibilities of director of football.
"Jon has been with Leicester City Football Club for 16 years, has headed the club's academy - recently awarded the Elite Player Performance Plan's category one status - since 2003 and has an excellent understanding of the club's footballing philosophy and values.
"The owners, directors, management and staff at Leicester City would like to place on record our collective thanks to Terry for his work and contribution, and wish him well in the future."
Robinson was appointed by the Foxes in July last year with a remit "to provide strategic input to the club's football operations at all levels, driving the consistent implementation of the club's football philosophy".
The club signed 10 players in the summer transfer window but only three - Esteban Cambiasso, Danny Simpson and Ben Hamer - started Saturday's defeat to Manchester City, and Hamer was only in the side because of injury to Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester have not won since beating Manchester United on September 21 and have lost eight of the last nine matches as they plummeted to the bottom of the Premier League.
However, despite that alarming downward spiral it is understood Pearson's job is not in any immediate danger.