It’ll be hell for Villas-Boas’s successor at Chelsea, warns Scolari

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari warns Andre Villas-Boas's successor that their new role "will be hell"

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Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed as Chelsea boss on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

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Luiz Felipe Scolari insists “it will be hell” for whoever succeeds Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager.

Villas-Boas was sacked after eight months in charge at Stamford Bridge on Sunday following a poor string of results, making him the seventh managerial casualty since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003.

Scolari was dismissed as Chelsea boss mid-way through his first season with the Londoners and the Brazilian World Cup winner admitted he has sympathy for Villas-Boas, who has temporarily been succeeded by Roberto Di Matteo.

“England has clubs like Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger has been for several years, yet has won only two or three championships,” Scolari, now manager of Brazilian club Palmeiras, told a news conference on Monday.

“But Chelsea’s culture is very different, but this move is strange – although it’s not so strange to me because of what I went through there.

“Some things are known, like the relations with the chairman, who has the relationship with some players before the coach.

“Villas-Boas was a champion and he will continue to be. He needed to replace at least seven or eight players, even since I was there, but he failed.

“It will be hell for whoever succeeds him.”

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez is the early favourite to be handed the Stamford Bridge job – but the Spaniard’s agent on Monday revealed that the Blues have not contacted his client over the role.

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