Andre Villas-Boas sacked as manager of Tottenham

Tottenham sack manager Andre Villas-Boas in the wake of the club's 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Sunday

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Andre Villas-Boas leaves Spurs seventh in the table Photo: The Sport Review

Tottenham have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas in the wake of the club’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Sunday.

The Portuguese coach leaves White Hart Lane after one-and-a-half years in charge of the club, with the Lilywhites seventh in the Premier League and eight points behind leaders Arsenal.

A Tottenham statement read: “The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach Andre Villas-Boas for the termination of his services. The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.

“We wish Andre well for the future. We shall make a further announcement in due course.”

Speaking after his side’s humiliating defeat by Liverpool at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas insisted his future was out of his hands.

“Regarding my position, it is not for me to decide. I can only work to make things better,” said Villas-Boas.

“Today was not to be because Liverpool had a great, great game. They deserve credit.

“I don’t need to convince anyone. Our run is magnificent in the other competitions but not in the Premier League.”

Villas-Boas is the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season after Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland), Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace), Martin Jol (Fulham) and Steve Clarke (West Bromwich Albion).

The early names being linked with replacing Villas-Boas in north London include former England manager Fabio Capello, ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup and Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini.

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