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Chelsea sack Villas-Boas

2012-03-04 16:02

London - Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked by Chelsea after less than a season in charge at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League club announced in a statement on their website on Sunday.

Former Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, who had been working as Villas-Boas's assistant, has been appointed interim manager until the end of the season.

Villas-Boas, who arrived from Porto in June 2011, has paid the price for a dismal run of results that left Chelsea in fifth place and on the verge of elimination from this season's Champions League after a 3-1 defeat at Napoli in the last 16 first leg.

The 34-year-old also had strained relationships with several of Chelsea's senior stars, including England midfielder Frank Lampard, and a woeful run of results - including just one win in their last seven matches and only three from their last 12 in the League - forced owner Roman Abramovich to act.

The final straw came on Saturday as the Blues suffered a lacklustre 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion thanks to a late winner from Garth McAuley.

"Andre Villas-Boas has parted company with Chelsea Football Club today," the Chelsea statement read.

"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 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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Comments
  • Nkosana - 2012-03-04 16:24

    They sacked "The Special One' who had an impeckable record, and they have been going downhill ever since.

      Michele - 2012-03-04 19:55

      Nkosana I am an avid Chelsea supporter but their owner is also full of sh#t, this is about the fifth coach in about the last six years. None of them have been allowed to buy their own players either, this team is basically still Mourinho's team and they are getting on.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-04 16:32

    Chelsea is stocked with a lot of has beens, also runs and wannabe's and the wheels are seriously coming off now. Many of those I refer to also play for England and thats why England for the last decade or so is also just another team and not really contending for any honors. Can you name them?

      lizzy.sathekge - 2012-03-04 16:39

      Frank

      Kyle Olivier Beningfield - 2012-03-04 16:42

      Consistency with regards to team line ups and gradual introduction of new blood would have yielded better results. Lampard has by far been the best Chelsea player for years. Teams aren't made overnight. They are built up over time.

      Freddie - 2012-03-04 18:19

      Hey Louis...Sure Chelsea hvae their problems now and I'm self confessed supporter for life since 1996 and my father since Peter Osgood's days back in 1970. Have a look at Chelsea's record in the last decade. Slightly better than Englands record I may add. Your argument holds no water unfortunately. 2009/10 LEAGUE TITLE 86 points from 38 games 2005/06 LEAGUE TITLE 91 points from 38 games 2004/05 LEAGUE TITLE 95 points from 38 games 2010 FA CUP Chelsea 1 Portsmouth 0 2009 FA CUP Chelsea 2 - 1 Everton 2007 FA CUP Chelsea 1 - 0 Manchester United 2000 FA CUP Chelsea 1 - 0 Aston Villa 2007 LEAGUE CUP Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal 2005 LEAGUE CUP Chelsea 3 - 2 Liverpool (aet) 2009 COMMUNITY SHIELD Chelsea 2 - 2 Man Utd (4-1 on pens) 2005 COMMUNITY SHIELD Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal 2000 CHARITY SHIELD Chelsea 2 - 0 Man Utd

  • mark.carelse - 2012-03-04 17:10

    This has been coming for some time now....next must be TORRES

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-03-04 18:48

      I sometimes forget Torres plays for Chelsea, although he's the most expensive player in English history. Go figure.

  • Keith - 2012-03-04 17:10

    Another coach assasinated by players with egos.AVB could not become a bad coach in such a short space of time.Unfortunately players can make you or breake you. We will see if these untouchables can turn the tide fot the team. If not get rid of them all.The team is bigger then their egos.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-04 17:11

    just having a giggle when I looked at the photo...the poor guys hand is showing the way he and his team are going...the body never lies...

  • Grant - 2012-03-04 17:18

    Enter Mourinho?

  • Raymond - 2012-03-04 17:20

    What a tightrope of a job! Not only having to motivate the whole squad of players constantly but knowing a slip-up could see you out in the cold or more bluntly - on your backside! Suppose the payout is lucrative for any manager when being "dumped" but one's reputation takes a huge step backwards. Let's face it though I wouldn't mind taking the job on for 18 months, getting a payout for under performance and then retiring to the Caribbean or somewhere for good.

  • Lynda - 2012-03-04 17:56

    Serves them right for firing the Special One, he was a manager of note!

  • earl.smiles - 2012-03-04 18:13

    Whu did it take so long!, Please bring back the special one.

  • earl.smiles - 2012-03-04 18:14

    Why did it take so long! Please bring back the "special one".

      smadikizela - 2012-03-05 10:14

      i dont think the special will ever come back to stamford bridge. i think the Mr Ibramovich should just fire himself as an owner.

  • Fly Mercedes - 2012-03-04 18:23

    Shame 2 put him out of his misery'_Im sure the poor men iz realy grateful.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-03-04 18:45

    Idiot owner.

      smadikizela - 2012-03-05 10:14

      I agree 100%

  • Andrew Worrall - 2012-03-04 20:38

    Rafa. Benetiz will be a good replacement. Especially if he has money behind him

  • Vincent - 2012-03-04 20:52

    Maybe..just maybe the players should start taking responsibility for the poor results. many scoring chances have been created but poor rounding off. so the structure is there....the performance, not!

  • Francois - 2012-03-04 20:58

    no progress since Jose Mourinho...one could go so far as to say he was special...

  • Vela Velanator VanGee - 2012-03-04 21:08

    I think Torres must leave with him. AVB was not that bad

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-03-05 06:43

    I agree wit u Michelle y did he fire Avram Grant and Carlo Ancellotti who both won him trophies??? But moving on i hope he brings Guus Hiddink back and buys some brand new talent for the wings lyk Pastore and Hazard, then prolific strikers lyk Lavezzi and Bendtner. He must also force them to play younger talent lyk Josh McEafran.

      Deon - 2012-03-05 07:20

      What trophy did Avram Grant Win??

  • Sharmilen - 2012-03-05 09:54

    This is what happens when the owner gets his nose in the business of running the team...........look at the way Man Utd and Arsenal are run. Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger make decisions on players and those players that feel their egos will rule are shown the door...............Ruud van Nistelrooy being one!! Abramovich can sit on all his money........but it sure as hell not going to win him trophies. The likes of Drogba should have been transferred after his antics(swearing in front of the TV camera) in the CL semi-final against Barca.

      Freddie - 2012-03-05 19:45

      Sorry man, what did you say about not winning trophies...looks like I need to remind you as well, 3 League Titles and 3 FA Cups amongst others...BTW what has Arsenal done in the last 5 years? Sir Alex is the exception rather than the rule. and again Chelsea are the only team in the modern premier league to have more wins against Man U than defeats...etc, etc, etc Sounds like another post '99 Manu Utd trebble supporter..

  • smadikizela - 2012-03-05 10:11

    the problem at CFC is the owner and, or, whoever is advising him. I think AVB did well with the team that he had at his disposal (which in all honselty were old spoilt men). look at his acquisition, the likes of Cahill, Mata, Romeu.This for show what he can do and bring to CFC given the chance and resources to do so. buts again the club owner is clueless about football, I think Avram Grant was the best coach after Morinho, and we has another gem in a form of Guus Hinddik which was let go to. I think Ibramovich should just fire himself as an onwer. i still believe AVB would have done well come next season, after cleaning all the deadwood.

      Freddie - 2012-03-05 19:49

      The debate on whether AVB would have done better next season is up for discussion. Personally I think he has a lot of talent yet even I can go and coach Porto to League glory...Too much too soon for him and couldn't command respect of the players in the change room. Guus next to Mourihno was my best coach, although he wasn't let go he was an interim coach but had to honour his commitment to the Russian football team. I wish he could have stayed.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-03-06 08:56

    Freddie old chap, take a chill pill, 3 titles and 3 Cups ain't anything to ride home about. If that was so successful why then did he change so many managers? Chelsea may have more wins against United but that is that what you use to measure your success? If it is then you are short of ambition. Let me remind you that Man Utd and Arsenal are the only clubs that have won the Premier League with majority home grown players............they didn't dig deep into pots of money. Come and talk to us when you part of the elite i.e. Man Utd, Arsenal, LIverpool, Tottenham and you have racked up as many if not more trophies as we have. For now go find a shoulder to cry on cos money can't buy you trophies!!!

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