17 Dec 2013

Spurs sack Villas-Boas

5:44 am on 17 December 2013

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas a day after their 5-nil English Premier League thrashing by Liverpool.

The loss was the club's worst at White Hart Lane in 16 years and left them seventh in the table - eight points behind leaders Arsenal.

36-year-old Villas-Boas took over at Tottenham in July 2012, after being sacked by Chelsea in March that year.

The Portugese won 53.7% of his league games in charge, which is the highest of any Spurs manager since the Premier League era began in 1992.

But he had come under increasing pressure in recent weeks as his side struggled to keep pace with the top four in the league.

The early names being linked with replacing Villas-Boas include current Russia boss and former England manager Fabio Capello, ex-Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup and Tottenham's current technical director Franco Baldini.

Former Tottenham playmaker and ex-England boss Glenn Hoddle has also been mentioned as a contender.