Roberto Mancini's agent has indicated his client is no longer the coach of Italian champions Inter Milan - although there has been no official club announcement.
Mancini, heavily linked with the Chelsea vacancy, looks to be on his way out at the San Siro less than a fortnight after delivering the club's third consecutive Serie A title.
The 43-year-old's agent, Giorgio De Giorgis, suggested tonight that Mancini had left the club following a 25-minute meeting with president Massimo Moratti.
De Giorgis also claimed former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had been lined up as Mancini's replacement.
He told Sportitalia television: 'Roberto never expected it to end like this.
'As an outsider, I could rationally understand that something was not right, but that is the way things have gone.
'Roberto is very disappointed also because he has not yet finished his job - he wanted to try and win even more league titles, and maybe even the Champions League.
'Now Mourinho will arrive and he has only got to repeat what has happened in the last few years.
'Roberto is now considering making a statement to avoid gossip and it should be a statement praising the president and those who worked with him.
'Certainly he is shocked and has taken it badly.
'I have spoken with him and he sounded quite down, but tomorrow will be even worse.'
Mancini has endured a turbulent season at the San Siro, tendering his resignation in the immediate aftermath of the club's Champions League elimination by Liverpool in March only to be talked into a rethink by Moratti.
'After the Liverpool game, there was tension and maybe Roberto could have avoided it, but the president knows him well and when he apologises, he does so because he realises he has done wrong,' De Giorgis continued.
'Roberto has a great quality of being a good person so he has never given his availability to anybody else and has always done his job.
'These last three months have been very testing and the press have not been fair towards Inter.
'The club maybe let things get carried away, destabilising the atmosphere with all this gossip. But he always felt a lot for Inter and to try and lift him, I told him that maybe he will now be able to get back the 10 years he has lost while in Milan.
'He thought he would have a month of holiday now before returning to Inter and continuing to win. Maybe now it will be a bit longer, but I hope somebody calls him [with a job offer] as early as tomorrow because it is never good to be out of work as a coach.'
Reports in Italy suggest Mourinho arrived in Milan tonight and may be presented as the club's new coach as early as tomorrow.
Mancini's departure would increase speculation linking him with the position at Stamford Bridge, vacated after Saturday's sacking of Avram Grant.