Derby County have suspended manager Nigel Pearson amid rumours the former Sheffield Wednesday skipper is about to be sacked.
The Rams are currently third bottom of the Championship and are due to take on fellow strugglers Cardiff City tonight, however the club confirmed today that Pearson will not be at the game.
Press Association Sport have reported that the suspension is pending an internal investigation by the club.
A short statement on the club's website read: "Derby County can confirm that Manager Nigel Pearson will not be carrying out his duties at tonight’s game at the request of the club.
"Assistant Manager Chris Powell will take charge of the team for this evening’s Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City. The club will make no further comment at this time."
Pearson, who still lives in Sheffield, took over County in May, signing a three-year deal at the iPro Stadium.
However, the Rams have won just once in the Championship since the 53 year-old took charge and have picked up six points from nine games.
Last season they made it through to the play-offs under the caretaker stewardship of Darren Wassall, before losing to eventual winners Hull City.