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Villas-Boas sacked as Chelsea boss

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas has been sacked as Chelsea manager.Assistant boss Roberto Di Matteo has been installed as first-team coach on an interim basis until the end of the season, the club have announced.Villas-Boas, who took over at Stamford Bridge last summer, had been under pressure following a series of poor results and reports of player unrest.AdChoices广告His team had won only three of their last 12 Premier League games and were plagued by defensive lapses during the 34-year-old’s troubled spell at the helm.Chelsea are fifth in the table – in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League – and Saturday’s defeat at West Brom proved to be the final straw for Blues owner Roman Abramovich.A Chelsea statement 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.“The club is still competing in the latter stages of the Champions League and 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.”Related stories:Late Baggies winner turns up heat on AVBMore pressure on boss after Blues defeatFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Two English clubs in Champions League action.

first_imgDaniel Sturridge is unlikely to start for Liverpool tonight when they face Real Madrid at the Bernabau.The striker has travelled with the squad but manager Brendan Rodgers doubts he’ll get over a calf injury which has kept him out since September.Rodgers says he also considering resting Steven Gerrard for the game. Arsenal could give a first start in 10-months to the fit again Theo Walcott this evening. They’re taking on Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners will claim a place in the knockout stages with two games to spare if they win at home and Galatasaray fail to beat Borussia Dortmund.last_img