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Chelsea have announced that they have parted company with Andre Villas-Boas after a string of poor results, with his assistant Roberto Di Matteo set to take charge until the end of the season.

The Stamford Bridge outfit suffered a 1-0 away with to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, a result that leaves the club three points behind Arsenal, who occupy the highly-coveted final Champions League position.

Despite making a solid start to the season, Chelsea have struggled of late and have only picked up three League wins in their last 12 games while they are on the verge of a Champions League exit, trailing Napoli 3-1 after the first-leg.

The West London club released a statement on its website confirming the decision to remove the Portuguese trainer from his position.

"Andre Villa-Boas has parted company with Chelsea Football Club today. The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointment that the relationship has ended so early.

"Unfortunately the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season.

"The club is still competing in the latter stages of the Uefa Champions League and the FA Cup, as well as challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier League, and we aim to remain as competitive as possible on all fronts.

"With that in mind we felt our only option was to make a change at this time. With immediate effect Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed first team coach on an interim basis until the end of the season."

Di Matteo's first game as head coach will be the FA Cup replay against Birmingham City on Tuesday evening.

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