Andre Villas-Boas sacked by Chelsea Football Club
The official statement from Chelsea suggested that Andre Villas-Boas had parted company with the west London club after less than a year in charge, although the truth is that the former Porto manager has been axed by Roman Abramovich.
March 4th, 2012
It was no great surprise to hear that the 34-year-old had been given his marching orders considering Chelsea’s form has started to slump in recent weeks, with the Blues losing 1-0 at West Brom on Saturday.
The club statement read: “Andre Villas-Boas has parted company with Chelsea Football Club today.
“The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointment that the relationship has ended so early.
“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.”
Chelsea are 3-1 down from the first leg of their Champions League tie against Napoli and also sit outside the top four of the Premier League.