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
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
"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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