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Chelsea Dumps Scolari

  • Reuters, Monday, February 9, 2009 3 PM
Chelsea fired Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari only six months into his first season in the English Premier League. The move follows a string of lackluster results, most recently a 0-0 tie at home against Hull City on Saturday that left the Blues in fourth place, seven points behind leader Manchester United.

Scolari, who led Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup title and led Portugal to second place at Euro 2004, replaced Israeli Avram Grant, who was hired as a replacement for Jose Mourinho as manager early last season. Scolari became the second Premier League manager to be sacked on Monday -- and the eighth this season -- following the dismissal of Tony Adams from Portsmouth.

"Felipe has brought many positives to the club since he joined," Chelsea said in a statement, "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."

Assistant coach Ray Wilkins was named interim manager. Grant's name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Scolari.

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