Roberto Martinez has been sacked as manager of Everton.
Pressure had been mounting on the Spaniard with the Toffees under-achieving hugely in the Premier League this season.
Despite boasting an array of talented players – Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley among them – Everton sit 12th in the table with one game left of the campaign.
They have won just ten of their 37 matches and produced a woeful display on Wednesday night as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.
Fans were planning to ramp up protests against Martinez at Thursday’s Player of the Year ceremony and at Goodison Park on Sunday for the final game of the season against Norwich.
But the club have now decided to put the 42-year-old out of his misery.
Martinez had been in charge for almost three years having succeeded David Moyes in June 2013.
He led Everton to fifth place and their highest ever Premier League points tally in his debut campaign.
But they finished 11th last season as they struggled to balance their Europa League and Premier League commitments.
This term, the Merseysiders have reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA Cup but have failed to impress in the league and are facing their lowest-placed finish in 12 years.
Frank de Boer is viewed as the leading contender to take over from Martinez after resigning from his post at Ajax on Thursday morning.