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