Belgian top-flight club Mons sacked former national team midfielder Enzo Scifo as head coach on Monday following a disastrous start to the season.
The board said a change was needed with the side languishing at the foot of the table, adding on the club's website that they had "taken the decision to put an end to the partnership with their coach Enzo Scifo".
Mons' awful start to the campaign had seen them collect just two points from eight matches.
"To preserve the club's top-flight status, and to avoid the spectre of the second division that we don't wish to come to terms with, we had to react," said managing director Alain Lommers.
Scifo, 47, took over a struggling Mons outfit in February 2012 and guided the team to safety before steering them to seventh last season, the best performance in club history.
No successor to Scifo has been named, but Romanian Mircea Rednic has been linked to the vacant post by the Belgian press.
Scifo, who made 84 appearances for Belgium and played in four World Cups, is the second managerial casualty in the Belgian top flight this season.
Last week Club Brugge dismissed Spaniard Juan Carlos Garrido and replaced him with former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud'homme.