Inter Milan sack interim coach Stefano Pioli with three games left to play as they prepare a move for either Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte.
The Italian replaced Frank de Boer as interim coach in November but has now been sacked with three games to go.
A club statement read: “FC Internazionale Milano announces that it has parted ways with head coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff.
“Inter thanks Stefano and his team for the dedication and hard work carried out at the Club over the last six months in what has proven to be a difficult season.
“Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the first team immediately and for the remaining three matches of this season.
“The club will begin planning now for the next season.”
Pioli won 12 of his opening 16 League games but has failed to win the subsequent seven Seria A matches.
Inter are currently sitting seventh on Seria A table with little chance of qualifying for Europe football next season.