Chelsea football club has just sacked their underperforming manager Andre Villas-Boas.
In a statement released in their official website, the club announced:
The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointmentthat 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.
The club is still competing in the latter stages of the Uefa Champions League and the 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.
With immediate effect Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed first team coach on an interim basis until the end of the season.
The sack brings to an end Villas-Boas's reign as one of the worst performing managers in the Abramovich era. Having arrived from Porto in the summer in a world-record fee, Villas-Boas saw his English misadventure end rather sooner than he had expected.
His often erratic tactics and poor decisions cost Chelsea dearly this season. He also had failed to gain control of the dressing room, with several older players stating their displeasure on the manager's tactics.
Having managed Chelsea in their worst campaign in a decade, the sack was only a matter of time. Yesterday's loss to West Brom had already started speculation over the manager's future, who was believed to have been on borrowed time.
Moreover, Villas-Boas's departure is unlikely to sadden any of the Chelsea players, as he had already fallen out of favour with many of the old as well as younger players. The last few weeks clearly projected a poor team morale, something which could be blamed on the 34-year-old Portuguese's actions.
The sack will be praised and criticised by many, as the fans have varying opinions about their young manager who was seen as the natural successor of the "Special One." The sack shall lead to another manhunt for the hottest available job in football at the moment.
Though many are already asking for a return of Chelsea's most successful manager Jose Mourinho, there are other candidates too who could likely succeed Villas-Boas.
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is seen as the favourite to land the post, even though it might be for a temporary role until the summer. While Champions League qualification would be the primary responsibility, a few trophies too wouldn't be bad.