Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sacked as Chelsea manager, the club announced on Monday afternoon. A statement on the club’s official website revealed the move had been made “to maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for”.
Brazilian Scolari was appointed last summer as the replacement for Avram Grant.
The statement on the club’s official website added:
“Felipe has brought many positives to the club since he joined, and we all feel a sense of sadness that our relationship has ended so soon. Unfortunately the results and performances of the team appeared to be deteriorating at a key time in the season. In order to maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for, we felt the only option was to make the change now. The search for a new manager has already started, and we hope to have someone in place as soon as possible.”
Assistant coach Ray Wilkins has been placed in temporary charge. More to follow on this huge story