The Football Association has confirmed that chief executive Brian Barwick will leave his post at the end of the year.
Barwick, who oversaw the appointments of both Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello as England managers, will leave on December 31 following weeks of discussions with FA chairman Lord Triesman over the future of his role within the organisation.
Reports claim the FA's fourth chief executive in the last 10 years has been ousted following a power struggle with Triesman, who was appointed the association's first independent chairman in January.
"I am sad to be leaving The FA - an organisation it has been a privilege to lead - but I believe it is in the best interests of all parties," he said in a statement.
"I have always endeavored to do my job with passion, decency and integrity and I believe I am leaving a strong legacy for the future."
Triesman added: "On behalf of everyone at the FA, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Brian for the stability and growth that he has brought to the organisation.
"Brian leaves with our best wishes for the future and will always be welcome back as our guest at Wembley."