England team director Andy Flower has left his role following the 5-0 Ashes whitewash by Australia.
Appointed in 2009, Flower led England to three successive Ashes series victories but has paid the price for their disastrous showing down under.
The England and Wales Cricket Board was expected to make an announcement on Flower’s future next week but the news has leaked out earlier than planned.
The post is expected to be advertised, with Ashley Giles a possible candidate.
Giles, England’s one-day and Twenty20 coach, is likely to get a chance to stake his claim during England’s tour of West Indies in February and March, with former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten another potential contender.
Flower, 45, did not fly out to Sri Lanka with the England Performance Squad earlier this month and has departed following a review of the series with the ECB.
The former Zimbabwe wicket-keeper batsman took over in difficult circumstances in the West Indies in February 2009 after a rift between coach Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen led to both leaving their jobs on the same day.
Having seen his England team bowled out for 51 in Jamaica in his first match, Flower moulded England into one of the most polished and professional units in international cricket.
After winning back the Ashes later that year, he steered England to number one in the world Test rankings in August 2011 following a 4-0 home victory over India.
His team completed their third consecutive Ashes series victory with a 3-0 home win over Australia in the summer of 2013 but despite arriving down under as favourites this winter, they were heavily beaten in all five Tests and have now slipped to fourth in the rankings.
Following the final Test in Sydney, Flower said it was the “end of an era” for England.
He later denied he had issued an ultimatum that he would leave unless Pietersen was dropped.
Flower also coached England to their first global limited-overs success at the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup.
In November 2012, he handed over responsibility for the England one-day and Twenty20 teams to Giles but remained in charge of the Test side, overseeing their first series win in India since 1984.
Flower had two stints as Zimbabwe captain during a decade-long international career in which he established himself as a world-class batsman and wicketkeeper, scoring 12 centuries, and averaging 51.54 in 63 Tests.
After quitting the international arena, Flower dedicated himself to county cricket and Essex, where he played for five seasons between 2002 and 2006.
Flower was one of four former Zimbabweans coaching Test cricketing nations. Duncan Fletcher, who also had a stint as England manager, coaches India and Graeme Hick is Australia’s high performance coach. Completing the list is Andy Waller who coaches his home country Zimbabwe.