Roberto Di Matteo has been officially relieved of his duties as Aston Villa manager, just 124 days at the helm.
The former Chelsea manager was sacked after he won just one of 11 championship matches, with the Villans sitting 19th in the championship.
Steve Clarke will take charge until a new manager is appointed.
A club statement read: “Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo.
“The Club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position in the Championship.
“The Club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad and wish him well for the future.
“Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager during the search for a new manager.”
Should Villa fail to appoint a full-time successor to Di Matteo in the meantime, Clarke’s first game in charge will be the derby clash with Wolves on October 15.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner, Bristol City boss Lee Johnson and Steve Bruce have all been linked with the vacant post.