Nigel Adkins has been dismissed as manager of Southampton and has been replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.
Adkins joined Southampton in September 2010 on a three-year contract when they were third from bottom in League One.
The former Scunthorpe coach guided them to back-to-back promotions, first to the Championship and then to the Premier League where they began the season with a 3-2 defeat at Manchester City.
However, they won plaudits for their enterprising approach, most recently in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday evening which saw them move three points clear of the relegation zone.
Pochettino, who left his role as Espanyol coach in November, will take charge for Monday's Sky Live home game with Everton.
Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese said: "This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind.
"Whilst we acknowledge the contribution Nigel has made during the past two years, for the Club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed.
"Mauricio is a well-respected coach of substantial quality who has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man manager. I have every confidence that he will inspire our talented squad of players to perform at the highest possible level."
The premier League witness the surprise sacking of Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di matteo early in the season after His then Chelsea team lost 3 - 0 to Juventus in the UEFA Champions league, and ever since Chelsea have not found life easy, after loosing in the final of the FIFA World Club Championship and dropping a lot of points in the premier League which now see them sitting on the third position on the log with 42 point six, points behind second place Manchester City.
Chelsea seem to have found their feet under the Italian Boss, after He lead the team to their first UEFA champions league trophy and also an FA Cup trophy last season but now are back to the rebuilding process under Rafa Benitez.
Here we are today, hearing a similar story, Adkins who lead Southampton to a back to back promotion have just been fired after recording a 2-2 draw at the hands of Chelsea Fc, with the board claiming to be doing so in the long term interest of the team and club.
I wonder if this act will just be another blunder or a stroke of genius by the Southampton board. What is your reaction to this?