Carlos Queiroz has been axed as Qatar's head coach just over a month before the nation hosts the Asian Cup.
Queiroz, former coach of Real Madrid, Portugal and Iran, was appointed on a four-year contract in February after Felix Sanchez left the position. Sanchez was in charge at the 2022 World Cup when Qatar, as host, lost all three games.
The football federation issued a statement on Wednesday saying "Queiroz's tenure as head coach of the Qatar national team has ended amicably by mutual agreement."
"The QFA expresses its sincere gratitude to coach Queiroz for his unwavering dedication, leadership and contributions during his tenure as the head coach of the national team."
No official reason was given for the decision, although there were concerns locally over the perceived defensive style of play adopted by Queiroz and his failure to bring young players from the country's Aspire Academy into the senior roster.
Queiroz rejected that speculation. He was in charge for just 11 games, including wins at the start of qualification for the 2026 World Cup in November over Afghanistan and India.
Just minutes after news of Queiroz's departure became official, the QFA announced Spanish coach Marquez Lopez had been hired as his replacement.
The former Espanyol boss has also worked in Qatar's Aspire Academy and leaves Qatar Stars League club Al-Wakrah to take over the national team.
"The QFA expresses gratitude and appreciation to Al-Wakrah Sports Club for their cooperation and consent in facilitating coach Marquez Lopez's appointment as the national team head coach for the upcoming period," the QFA said.
Qatar is due to start a training camp in mid-December for the Asian Cup.
The 2022 World Cup hosts took on the staging of the continental championship after China relinquished the rights.
Qatar, who won the 2019 Asian title under Sanchez, will face Lebanon, Tajikistan and China in Group A.
Australian Associated Press