Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino, the south coast club have announced.
Saints were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday to leave them just one place and one point above the relegation zone.
Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.
A Southampton statement read: “We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future.
“The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way.”
Despite being linked with the Benfica job earlier on Monday, Marco Silva is the early favourite to take over at St. Mary’s.