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Managers’ chief slams ‘embarrassing’ Chelsea


Sacked: Andre Villas-Boas. Photo: Getty Images

Sacked: Andre Villas-Boas. Photo: Getty Images

Sacked: Andre Villas-Boas. Photo: Getty Images

CHELSEA are becoming an "embarrassment" to the Premier League after sacking Andre Villas-Boas just eight months into his reign, according to League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan.

Roman Abramovich was today searching for his eighth manager since taking control of the club after opting to dispense with the services of the Portuguese.

"What's for sure is the club, despite unlimited wealth, haven't yet worked out how to build a successful football club," Bevan told Radio Five Live.

"Looking for what is an eighth manager in nine years is a serious embarrassment to the owner, the club, the fans and the league."

Assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo has been put in charge until the end of the season.

Bevan added: "He (Villas-Boas) was very disappointed, frustrated, saddened, but his thoughts were for the club, the fans and indeed Roberto Di Matteo, wishing him well for the rest of the season. He's obviously a man who played six years or so for the club and has got good managerial experience with West Brom in the Premier League."

Bevan claimed the frequent managerial changes at Stamford Bridge did not help Villas-Boas develop a relationship with his players.

"Players need to know that the manager's strategy and his job is not in question, there's a clear remit," he said. "You get success if you get time, and stability will come from that. Otherwise it's very difficult for a manager like Andre to impose his philosophy and build a team."

Villas-Boas' side had won just three times in 12 league games and he had the lowest win percentage of any Chelsea manager since Glenn Hoddle.

Bevan added: "That might be the case. After only eight months you can't build that sort of success. The club's still competing in the latter stages of the Champions League, the FA Cup and fighting for a top-four position. If you want success you must look at the longer term."