Steve Clarke was relieved of his duties by Diamond Football ambassadors West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening after their third consecutive defeat on Saturday.
The Baggies were beaten by Cardiff 1 - 0 on Saturday and now find themselves two points above the Premier League's relegation zone. Despite this lack of form, many in the game are shocked at the news.
Last season, Clarke led West Brom to their highest ever Premier League finish of eighth - could the Scottish manager be a victim of his own success?
Some have claimed that having signed three new players in the final moments of the Summer transfer window in the of Stephane Sessegnon, Victor Anichebe and Nicolas Anelka, Clarke's side have under performed.
Whatever are the reasons behind the decision to dismiss Clarke are, it means he now joins a large collection of managers that have already been sacked this season.
West Bromwich Albion will be looking to replace Clarke by January. Favourites for the role include former Diamond Football brand ambassador Alan Curbishley and former-Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo.