Vincenzo Montella has two matches to save his job or face being sacked by AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Il Giornale) has claimed that the Italian will be relieved of his managerial duties if he fails to win the upcoming games against AEK Athens in the Europa League and Serie A clash with Sassuolo.
If Montella is handed his P45 by Milan's hierarchy, I Rossoneri will look to club legend Gennaro Gattuso to take temporary charge while they draw up a list of potential candidates.
Milan have spluttered so far this season despite Montella being handed a transfer warchest in the summer - an outlay that led to 11 new arrivals heading through the door at San Siro.
Despite a good start to 2017/18 with six successive victories in all competitions, the wheels have come off the Milan bandwagon in recent weeks and the Serie A sleeping giants are currently in the midst of just one win in the past six matches.
Defeats at the hands of title rivals Juventus and Roma, as well as bitter city rivals Inter, have led to the pressure on Montella's head increasing and the 43-year-old is now in serious danger of becoming the next biggest managerial casualty of the season.
Former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti's availability since his Bayern Munich sacking has done little to placate the furore surrounding Montella's position, but it is Gattuso who is the man who could replace Montella in the hotseat for the time being.
The former defensive midfielder is currently managing the club's Under-19s side following his departure as Pisa gaffer in June, and would be a solid appointment with the backing of the club's fanbase.
The 39-year-old has managed in Italy's top flight before, but suffered a terrible spell at Palermo that saw Gattuso sacked after just eight games in charge.
Milan currently lie in ninth place in the domestic league standings with only five wins from 11 matches so far this term.