Tottenham fired manager Andre Villas-Boas on Monday, a day after the club slumped to a second heavy loss in the Premier League in less than a month.
Tottenham’s embarrassing 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool on Sunday came after a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City on Nov. 24 and left Spurs seventh in the standings, five points from the fourth Champions League spot.
Villas-Boas joined Tottenham in July 2012 and was looking to rebuild his reputation in England, having been fired by Chelsea four months earlier. He was dismissed by Tottenham halfway through a three-year contract.
The Portuguese coach failed to guide Spurs into this season’s Champions League. An offseason spending spree of more than 100 million pounds ($160 million) on mostly attacking players to offset the loss of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid hasn’t worked out.
“The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas—Boas, for the termination of his services,” Tottenham said in a statement. “The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.”
British media said Fabio Capello and Guus Hiddink were potential replacements for Villas-Boas. He 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 Bromwich Albion).