Inter Milan have sacked coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff three games before the end of the season, the Serie A giants announced on Tuesday.
Pioli took over from Dutchman Frank De Boer two months into the campaign but the club risk falling short of their objective of a place in Europe.
A statement by the club said: “Inter Milan annouces it has parted ways with head coach Stefano Pioli and his coaching staff.
“Inter thanks Stefano and his team for the dedication and hard work carried out at the club over the last six months in what has proven to be a difficult season.”
They added that youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the first team “immediately and for the remaining three games of the season.”
A 1-0 defeat to Genoa at the weekend, in which Pioli substituted club captain and striker Mauro Icardi, left Inter in seventh place — three points behind sixth-placed city rivals AC Milan and a Europa League spot.