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Andre Villas Boas has expressed his surprise that Jose Mourinho was sacked.

Andre Villas Boas dubs sacking of Jose Mourinho 'incredible'

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Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has dubbed the recent sacking of Jose Mourinho 'incredible'.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last month, with the club sitting 16th in the Premier League, after nine defeats in their opening 16 games.

Talking to BeIN Sports, Villas-Boas - sacked himself as Chelsea manager after less than a year in charge - expressed his disbelief that Abramovich had once again wielded the axe on his manager.

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"Abramovich has sacked basically every coach that he's had", commented the Zenit St Petersburg boss. "It's been quite incredible to see that it (being dismissed) was applied to everybody.

"It was applied to probably their dearest coach, their most successful coach, so in the end, we have seen nothing different. Roman has sacked basically every coach that he's had.

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"It's no different. It happened even to the best. The same criteria that he has applied to me, for Rafa Benitez, for all the other coaches, Ancelotti, he's applied to Jose as well."

Since his acquisition of the club in the summer of 2003, Abramovich has expected regular silverware and been willing to dispose of anyone who is not able to deliver it. 

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked one year after winning the double, Roberto di Matteo was replaced just five months after winning the Champions League, whilst Mourinho was disposed of having led Chelsea to their fourth Premier League title only seven months previously. 

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In his wake, former manager Guus Hiddink has again been appointed in an interim role, with the Blues subsequently unbeaten in seven games in all competitions. 

Hiddink is only in place until the end of this season; however, were the Dutch manager to perform similarly to his last stint in 2009, Abramovich may be tempted to offer him a permanent role.

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