Fluminese have announced that head coach Abel Braga has been dismissed with immediate effect.
The 60-year-old led the club to the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A title in 2012 - his first full season in charge since taking over from the sacked Muricy Ramalho.
However, a run of poor results this year have seen Fluminense flirt with the league's relegation places, while the Rio de Janeiro side have lost their last five outings.
And that dreadful form has prompted club president Peter Siemsen to terminate Braga's contract.
Braga has enjoyed a lengthy and successful coaching career which has also included stints in Europe with the likes of Rio Ave and Marseille.
His greatest success arguably came in 2006 when he led Internacional to victory in the Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup.
Former Real Madrid boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo is among the names linked with replacing Braga.
In the meantime, the club's youth coachs are expected to oversee Fluminense's upcoming meeting with Cruzeiro.