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Tottenham sacks coach

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LONDON - Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspurs after 17 months in the role, the English Premier League club announced yesterday.

Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool on Monday, leaving the north London club five points below the Champions League places in seventh on the EPL table.

"The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services," read a statement on the Tottenham website.

"The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties. We wish Andre well for the future. We shall make a further announcement in due course."

Villas-Boas, 36, had also seen his side demolished 6-0 at Manchester City last month, despite Spurs having invested around STG105 million ($F320million) on new players during the off-season.

That expenditure was offset by the Gareth Bale's sale to Real Madrid, but Spurs have scored just 15 goals in their 16 league games this season.

Villas-Boas' dismissal represents his second consecutive failure at a London side after being sacked by Chelsea in 2012 after only nine months at the Stamford Bridge helm.