Tottenham Hotspur have parted company with head coach Juande Ramos and have approached Portsmouth for permission to speak to Harry Redknapp.
Spaniard Ramos has paid the price for a dismal start to the new season, with Spurs propping up the Premier League table after taking just two points from their first eight games.
Ramos had been in charge at White Hart Lane for almost exactly a year, having taken over following the sacking of Martin Jol in October 2007, guiding Spurs to Carling Cup glory in February this year.
Controversial sporting director Damien Comolli has also been shown the door, having been the target of much of the fans' frustration at the way the club's transfer policy was being guided.
A short statement on the club's official website read: "The club can announce that sporting director Damien Comolli, head coach Juande Ramos and first-team coaches Marcos Alvarez and Gus Poyet have left the club with immediate effect.
"Development squad coach Clive Allen and youth team manager Alex Inglethorpe will take charge for Sunday's League match against Bolton Wanderers."
A second announcement confirmed: "The club has requested permission to hold discussions with Harry Redknapp and Portsmouth FC have reluctantly agreed."