Venky's, the Indian owners of Blackburn Rovers, was in the hot seat on Wednesday after sacking the English football club's fifth manager this season.
Michael Appleton was shown the door after only 15 games and 67 days at the northern English football club, which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2011-12 season. Venky's bought the club for £23mn in 2010.
Appleton and three members of his backroom team were informed of the owners' decision in letters handed to them on Tuesday.
He is the latest of a plethora of managers sacked by English football clubs this year — the League Managers' Association (LMA) says 103 coaches and managers lost their jobs in 2012-2013.
The LMA is taking legal action against Blackburn Rovers over the sacking of a previous manager and its Chief Executive Richard Bevan warned on Wednesday:
"Certainly in Blackburn's case they will feel the force of the law in the High Court next week."
He claimed to have been told by Appleton that the sacked manager had had "no conversation at all during his tenure since January with the Indian representative running the club."