Andre Villas-Boas sacked as Chelsea manager

Andre Villas-Boas is sacked as Chelsea boss after less than a year in charge - Roberto Di Matteo appointed interim boss

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Andre Villas-Boas only took charge at Stamford Bridge in June 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

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Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked as Chelsea manager after less than a year in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The news comes after the Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, leaving the Londoners in fifth in the table and three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

The 34-year-old coach took charge at the club in June 2011 after guiding Porto to a four-trophy haul in his first season at the Portuguese club.

Roberto Di Matteo will take charge of first team affairs on a temporary basis until the end of the season.

“The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointmentthat the relationship has ended so early,” read a Chelsea statement.

“Unfortunately 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.

“The 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.

“With that in mind we felt our only option was to make a change at this time.

“With immediate effect Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed first team coach on an interim basis until the end of the season.”

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