CHRIS POWELL has been sacked by Championship strugglers Charlton, according to reports.
The 44-year-old former England defender has been in the job for three years and won the League One title in 2012.
Life in the second tier has been harder, though, and Athletic currently sit bottom of the table, some four points short of safety.
The club have yet to officially confirm Powell's departure two days after the FA Cup quarter-final loss at Sheffield United.
Charlton are due to face Huddersfield in the Championship tomorrow night.
The news comes less than a week after Powell agreed terms on a new contract with owner Roland Duchatelet.
Powell, whose previous contract was due to run out at the end of the season, revealed last Thursday that a new deal was waiting to be signed, but he was awaiting certain assurances from Belgian businessman Duchatelet.
Former Standard Liege coach Jose Riga, currently a technical director at AC Milan, is being heavily linked with the role.