Roberto Donadoni's future as Napoli coach is in doubt after sporting director Pierpaolo Marino left the Serie A club following heavy criticism from the owner.
President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who saved the Naples club from extinction and bankrolled their return to the top flight, lambasted Marino's transfer policy before and after Sunday's 2-1 home win over Siena, only their second victory this season.
"Pierpaolo Marino... and the president have decided to mutually end their professional relationship today," a club statement read after Marino held talks with film producer De Laurentiis.
The President was also quoted as criticising Donadoni on Sunday, saying in hindsight he would not have appointed the former Italy coach last March.
The Italian media suggest Marino's departure has increased the likelihood that Donadoni could follow.
Some reports said De Laurentiis had indicated he would make a decision on the coach's future next week while other media quoted De Laurentiis as telling reporters to "leave Donadoni in peace."
Napoli, lying 14th in the Serie A standings, travel to Roma on Sunday.