AVB gets the sack


Chelsea sack manager Villas-Boas


Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked by Chelsea after less than a year in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s decision comes on the back of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion and a run of just three Premier League wins in their last 12 games.

The 34-year-old Portuguese only took over as manager in June 2011.

Former Chelsea midfielder Roberto di Matteo has been put in charge as first-team coach on an interim basis until the end of the season.

A statement on the club’s website read: “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.”

Chelsea visit Championship side Birmingham for an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday.

More to follow.

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