London - Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur
after 17 months in the role, the English Premier League club announced
The news arrived a day after Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by
Liverpool at White Hart Lane, which left the north London club five
points below the Champions League places in seventh in the Premier
"The club can announce that agreement has been
reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his
services," read a statement on the Tottenham website.
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
Villas-Boas, 36, had also seen his side demolished
6-0 at Manchester City last month, despite Spurs having invested around
105 million ($171 million, 124 million euros) on new players during the
That expenditure was, however, offset by the sale of
Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but Spurs have scored just 15 goals in
their 16 league games this season since the Welshman left the club.
dismissal represents his second consecutive failure at a London side as
he was sacked by Chelsea in March 2012 after only nine months at the
Stamford Bridge helm.
He joined Spurs the following July but
despite leading the club to their highest points tally of the Premier
League era last season (72), they missed out on a Champions League place
to arch-rivals Arsenal.
Speaking after the drubbing by Liverpool, Villas-Boas had vowed that he would not walk away from the club.
"The call to make that decision is not mine because obviously I won't resign and I'm not a quitter," he said.
only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on
track. This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are
While Spurs have misfired in the league, they
qualified for the last 32 in the Europa League after winning all six of
their group games and were paired with Ukrainian side Dnipro
Dnipropetrovsk in Friday's draw.
They are also due to play West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Villas-Boas becomes the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season.
Di Canio was the first to go at Sunderland, followed by Ian Holloway at
Crystal Palace and Martin Jol at Fulham, while West Bromwich Albion
parted company with Steve Clarke on Saturday.
Russia manager Fabio
Capello, the former England head coach, was swiftly installed as the
British bookmakers' favourite to succeed Villas-Boas, who first came to
prominence at Porto.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is also
reported to be in contention, but the agent of Guus Hiddink ruled the
experienced Dutchman out of the running as he is due to become coach of
the Netherlands for a second time after next year's World Cup.
would be surprised if (Hiddink) went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine
that happening," Cees van Nieuwenhuizen told Britain's Press
"He has just signed a contract with Holland and he
has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them
at the World Cup, so I wouldn't take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham