London: Chelsea have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas after just
eight months at the helm of the London football club.
billionaire Roman Abramovich got the services of AVB from Portuguese club
FC Porto for 13.3 million pounds. The decision to sack Villas-Boas comes a
day after Chelsea's seventh loss of the season.
The Blues lost
0-1 to West Brom away in the Premier League and slumped to fifth place in
the table, three points behind London rivals Arsenal.
have appointed assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo at the helm until the
end of the season.
"Andre Villas-Boas has parted company with
Chelsea Football Club today," read a statement on the club's website.
the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and
were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season."
club is still competing in the latter stages of the Uefa Champions League
and the FA Cup, as well as challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier
League, and we aim to remain as competitive as possible on all fronts."
immediate effect Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed first team coach on
an interim basis until the end of the season," the statement added.