Birmingham City have officially sacked manager Steve Cotterill following five straight Championship defeats.
The Blues lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday to remain two points adrift of safety in 22nd with 11 games remaining.
Cotterill, who was appointed manager in September after Harry Redknapp's dismissal, won just six league games out of 24.
The 53-year-old's backroom team, including first-team coaches Paul Groves and Paul Williams, have also had their contracts terminated.
"The board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Steve, not only for his significant contribution at the conclusion of last season for which we will remain grateful, but also for his genuine efforts, contribution and hard work during his tenure in this 2017-18 campaign," a club statement wrote.
"Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision.
"However, the board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the football club."
Birmingham are now looking for a fifth manager in 16 months since Gary Rowett was sacked in December 2016.