Aston Villa have confirmed Remi Garde has left the club by mutual consent, with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
The Frenchman took charge at Villa Park at the start of November, following the sacking of Tim Sherwood, and claimed a point in his first game in charge, with a 0-0 home draw with Manchester City.
But Garde only won two of his 20 matches in charge and with Villa almost certainly set for the drop, there has been mounting talk that he would leave despite signing a three-and-a-half year contract on his arrival.
In a statement on Tuesday night, Villa stated: “The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Remi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.”
Although Eric Black will take over as acting manager, it is thought the Villa board will look to name a permanent replacement for Garde before the end of the season.
Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is understood to be the favourite, although Burnley manager Sean Dyche and ex-Liverpool and Swansea chief Brendan Rodgers are also believed to be candidates.