Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas with immediate effect.

The club reports that:

“The Club can announce that agreement has been reached with Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services. The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.

“We wish Andre well for the future.”

The sacking of Villas-Boas comes after his side were convincingly defeated 5-0 at home against Liverpool on Sunday. The defeat comes hot on the heels of a recent 6-0 away defeat against Manchester City.

After yesterday’s embarrassing defeat against Liverpool at White Hart Lane, Tottenham sit in seventh place in the Premier League. However, there have been a lot of question marks about Spurs this season — their lack of goalscoring, the inability of £26.4m signing Erik Lamela to adapt to English football, and the general lack of positive results even though the club spent £107million in the summer transfer window.

Incredibly, Villas-Boas got sacked despite having the best win percentage compared to recent Tottenham Hotspur managers (HT @AlfieDM):

Despite the win percentage, it just goes to show you what the increased expectations were among the Tottenham board regarding Spurs, and how they should be in the top four at this stage.

Tottenham’s next game is Wednesday against West Ham United in the Capital One Cup.

Meanwhile, the search for a new Tottenham Hotspur manager begins with Russian national team manager Fabio Capello being linked as a possible candidate after being spotted at White Hart Lane for the match against Liverpool.

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