Andres Villas-Boas’ short spell as Tottenham Hotspur head coach has come to an abrupt end following the club’s 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool in the weekend- their worst defeat in 16 years.
The Spurs boss earlier said he was not considering stepping down from his position, saying he is “not a quitter” when asked by reporters if his job was save.
The Portuguese has guided the White Hart Lane club to the quarter-final of the League Cup and the last 32 of Europe’s second tier league, the Europa League, but their dismal performance in the Premier League had not pleased the management.
A statement on the club website read: “The Club (Tottenham) 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 club will make further announcement in due course but in the meantime, assistant manager Steffen Freud is expected to take charge of the first-team.
The 36-year-old took over the reins at the North London club following the departure of Harry Redknapp in the summer of 2012. he signed a three-year contract with Spurs.
He Spent £105m on new players in the summer after losing last season’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, Gareth Bale, to Real Madrid.
Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool, in which the ‘Lilly Whites’ failed to register a shot on target, was the second of such, after last month’s 6-0 loss to Manchester City. Spurs have won just one of the last six home games and presently lies seventh on the league log.
He accepted responsibility for Sunday’s defeat and was summoned to meet club chairman Daniel Levy.
Villas-Boas is the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season after Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland), Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace), Martin Jol (Fulham) and Steve Clarke (West Brom).