Spartak Moscow have sacked coach Unai Emery just six months into his tenure at the Russian Premier League club.
Emery joined Spartak after leaving Valencia in June, but was dismissed on Sunday after guiding the team to sixth place in the league from 17 games played.
Spartak suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday, leaving them fourth in their Champions League group and eliminated from the competition.
That was followed up with a crushing 5-1 loss to local rivals Dinamo Moscow on Sunday, prompting general director Valery Karpin to announce Emery’s dismissal at the post-match press conference.
“I have one announcement. It has been decided by shareholders of the club that Emery will no longer coach Spartak,” he said.
“What happens next will all be announced tomorrow (Monday) or the day after.”
Karpin previously took over coaching duties between 2009 and 2011 and after replacing Michael Laudrup.
When questioned on whether he would take control of the team once more, Karpin replied: “No idea.”