Claude Puel has left Saint-Etienne after two-years as coach, the club has confirmed.
Sunday's 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Rennes was the last straw for Saint-Etienne Executive President Jean-François Soucasse, who took to the club's Twitter account to announce the news shortly before 8pm on Sunday.
The short statement said: "The Executive Chairman of AS Saint-Étienne (Jean-François Soucasse) has taken the decision to withdraw from Mr. Claude Puel, until further notice, from the management of the professional team."
Former Saint-Etienne captain Loïc Perrin was handed the role of 'sporting coordinator' on Monday morning - taking control of all sporting activities in the interim.
Puel is the first Ligue 1 Uber Eats managerial casualty of the season and the club's decision to part with the 60-year-old, brings to a close what has been a traumatic start to the season.
With nine defeats from 17 games, Les Verts are languishing at the bottom of the table but only two points from safety in what is a congested bottom half of the standings.
But for the excellent displays of striker Wahbi Khazri, Saint-Etienne would almost certainly have been further in the mire, with the Tunisian netting seven of the club's 17 goals so far this term.
Ex-Lyon and Leicester City coach Puel, took over the reins in October 2019 succeeding Ghislain Printant and had been the target of the boo-boys at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for some time. Despite an upturn in form during October and November when Les Verts took eight points from a possible 12, three consecutive defeats have ultimately sealed his fate.