Aston Villa announced the departure of manager Paul Lambert Wednesday evening in a statement released on the club’s website.
The 45 year old has left the club with immediate effect after taking over from fellow Scot Alex McLeish in June 2012.
The news comes just a day after Villa’s 2-0 defeat away at Hull, a loss that marked Villa’s fifth consecutive league defeat and a result that put them into the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League.
A statement released on the club’s website read – “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company this evening with manager Paul Lambert.
“First-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall will continue to prepare the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Leicester City at Villa Park.
“The club would also like to place on record its thanks to Paul and take this opportunity to wish him every success in the future.
“The club will announce a new manager in due course. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.”
With just 13 games left in the season, whoever succeeds Lambert at Villa Park will be put in the middle of a relegation dog fight and will be given the task of ensuring the club avoids relegation from the top tier of English football for the first time since 1987.