Chelsea have sacked their manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after just seven months in the job. The Brazilian took over from Avram Grant last summer but the club have failed to sustain a serious challenge for the Premier League title and are currently seven points adrift of the leaders Manchester United in fourth place.
`The Chelsea board would like to place on record our gratitude for his time as manager,` said Chelsea in a statement. `Felipe has brought many positives to the club since he joined 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.`