Watford have sent manager Nigel Pearson packing amid their ongoing fight against Premier League relegation.
The Hornets brought in former Leicester City boss Pearson to replace Quique Sanchez Flores in December with the club rock bottom of the table.
He led a mini-revival to get them out of the drop zone but a tough spell since the Premier League restart has left them still fighting for their lives.
Several media outlets claim he has now been relieved of his duties for the final two games of the campaign.
Last year’s FA Cup finalists are three points above the relegation zone with two tough games remaining against Manchester City and Arsenal.
They were beaten 3-1 by fellow strugglers West Ham on Friday night in a bitter blow to their hopes as Bournemouth and Aston Villa look to climb above the Vicarage Road club and out of the drop zone.
“One of the things we will all do tonight, we will get home and think about it, and it will be annoying because we’ve missed an opportunity,” said Pearson after the game.
“We haven’t done what we talked about doing, what we’ve worked at doing, and that is difficult. We have to get over it and make sure we bounce back.
“Whether that’s the pressure of the situation, who knows, but now we have to find good performances in the last two games to give us chances of winning those games.”
It currently remains unclear who will take charge for the final two games of the season with Pearson now unable to try and complete another great escape.
Fans have been left baffled by the decision, with the Hornets still in with a strong chance of survival and Pearson known for never having a relegation on his record.