Catania have parted company with coach Silvio Baldini by mutual consent after holding emergency talks this evening.
Club President Antonino Pulvirenti announced in the wake of Sunday's 2-1 defeat against Torino that he would hold crisis talks with Baldini over the club's poor run of form.
Baldini has now decided to step down as Catania battle to avoid relegation.
"The club noted the Coach's feelings and after a series of discussions the decision was taken by both sides that Baldini would no longer be Catania's tactician," a club statement read.
"We would like to thank Silvio for all the work he has done and wish him all the best on a personal and professional level."
The 49-year-old took charge of the Sicilians in June 2007 as successor to Pasquale Marino, but it has been another difficult season for the team, who are perched just above the bottom three in Serie A.
Former Inter and Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga is the early favourite to replace Baldini at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.
Catania play Napoli at home on Sunday.
Source: Sky Sports