Assistant coach Scott Johnson is expected to be named as Scotland's new interim head coach by the end of the week according to reports.
The former Wales and Ospreys coach joined the side before Scotland's June tour as assistant to Andy Robinson, but now will take up the role of interim head coach while the Scottish Rugby Union search for a long-term replacement.
Johnson was part of the coaching staff that led Wales to a Grand Slam in 2005, but lost all three matches in his time in charge as interim head coach of Wales in 2006.
Stints followed with the Wallabies and the US national side before returning to the Ospreys as director of coaching in 2009.
Scotland dropped to 12th in the IRB World Rankings following defeats to South Africa, New Zealand and Tonga in November, despite an unbeaten tour of Australia, Samoa and Fiji back in June.
Former head coach Andy Robinson resigned following the loss to Tonga, with Johnson now beating out Gregor Townsend and Sean Lineen to the interim coaching position.