By Alex Jones
Chelsea have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas after just nine months in charge.
The 34 year-old came under increasing pressure after a series of poor results which saw the Londoners win just three of their last 12 Premier League games.
And with Chelsea hovering outside the hallowed Champions League places chairman Roman Abramovich decided to sack the man who cost him £13m to prise away from FC Porto last summer.
It was yesterdays 1-0 loss to ninth place West Brom that was the final straw as Abramovich swung his axe to dismiss the seventh manager during his reign at Stamford Bridge.
The club released a statement on their website which 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.
“With that in mind we felt our only option was to make a change at this time.”
Assistant manager to AVB, Roberto Di Matteo, has been placed in charge until the end of the season, crushing rumours that former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was to be sworn straight in.
AVB’s reign has been marred with clashes with senior players. Nicholas Anelka and Alex were both moved on quickly but it was clashes with Frank Lampard that seemed to affect the Portuguese’s term in office the most.
The player power that was displayed is likely to put many potential suitors off the role at Stamford Bridge.
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