Andre Villas-Boas Sacked By Chelsea

Richard Smith by Richard Smith / 04 March 2012, 14:23

Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked by Chelsea after less than nine months in charge of the Stamford Bridge Club. AVB joined the club from Porto last summer but following a dismal run of form that has seen Chelsea win just one of their last seven matches in all competitions, Roman Abramovich has swung the axe on the 34 year old.

The 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was the final straw for the Russian owner who will now begin the search for the team's seventh manager in four years since they parted company with Jose Mourinho in 2007.

Avram Grant, Phil Scolari, Ray Wilkins, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and Villas-Boas have all served in the Stamford Bridge hotseat but have all failed in delivering the Champions League crown that Abramovich desperately craves and AVB is seemingly the latest casualty in the pursuit of European glory.

Villas-Boas was in charge for a total of 40 games, of which, he won 19, lost 10 and drew 11. The club currently sit fifth in the Premier League four points off Arsenal in fourth place and are long out of the title race, some 20 points behind league leaders, Man City. Together with a 3-1 deficit to overturn in the Champions League game against Napoli and a place in next season's competition far from guaranteed, it was clearly thought that AVB was not the man for the job and whilst it had been rumoured for sometime that there was unrest between the manager and senior players, it was thought that the Portuguese boss would have at least last until the end of the season.

Former Blues player and assistant to Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo, has been placed in temporary charge of first team affairs which will begin on Tuesday night in the FA Cup 5th round replay away to Birmingham City.

Early front runners in the race to be named next Chelsea manager include Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Fabio Capello, Didier Deschemps and di Matteo. However, at this stage, it remains to be seen just how long it will take for the club to name who will be the new manager on a permanent basis.

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