Chelsea Sack Manager Andre Villas-Boas Following Their Defeat to West Brom

Stephen FennellCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2012

Another one bites the dust as Villas-Boas parts company with Chelsea
Another one bites the dust as Villas-Boas parts company with ChelseaMike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chelsea have parted company with Portuguese manger Andre Villas-Boas after less than a year in charge of the London side.

The decision was made today by Russian billionaire owner Roman Abromovich following Chelsea's defeat at the hands of West Brom yesterday.

Villas-Boas had failed to impress during his time at Stamford Bridge, during which there was some highly documented dressing room unrest. 

Former West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo, now first-team coach, will take charge until the end of the season.

The timing of the decision comes as Chelsea face a pivotal part of their season with crucial home and away games.

They face Birmingham away in an FA Cup replay, followed by Stoke, Napoli in the Champions League second leg and Manchester City away in the league.

Following Arsenal's impressive win at Anfield yesterday, the task to secure top four football next season has become even more difficult for the Pensioners.

While the financial rewards of being at the Chelsea helm are undoubted, many potential managerial candidates will view the position as untenable. 

The man who will be chosen to replace Villas-Boas will become Chelsea's seventh manager in seven years.