10 Feb 2009

Two football managers sacked

5:51 am on 10 February 2009

Two English Premier League football managers have lost their jobs today, the most siginificant is the Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

A poor run of form, culminating in last weekend's nil-all draw at home to Hull City has left Chelsea struggling in the title race, in 4th place, seven points behind leaders Manchester United.

Scolari, who led Brazil to victory in the World Cup final in 2002 and led Portugal to the runners-up spot in Euro 2004, replaced Avram Grant as manager 7 months ago.

Assistant coach Ray Wilkins would take charge on a temporary basis.

Meanwhile strugglers Portsmouth have sacked Tony Adams after a slump in form which has left them one point out of the relegation zone.

Adams, the former England captain, 42, had been in charge at Fratton Park for just over three months after taking over when Harry Redknapp joined Tottenham Hotspur.