Last Updated: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:53
Arsene Wenger today accused Chelsea of failing to give Andre Villas-Boas enough time following the Portuguese manager's sacking.
Villas-Boas was handed his marching orders on Sunday after just over eight months in charge, with the club having fallen three points behind Wenger's Arsenal in the race for fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.
The Frenchman has also come under severe scrutiny this season, with the Gunners being on the brink of going seven years without a trophy. But, unlike Villas-Boas, he appears to enjoy the full backing of his board.
Wenger said: "All I can say is I feel sorry for Villas-Boas because I know him and I like him as a manager and as a man. I feel sorry for him and it's sad every time a manager loses his job because it's a job that demands a full commitment and I think he did that. I am sorry he was not given enough time to do his job."
He added: "You cannot say that it's an impossible job.
"Our job is difficult because we face multiple opinions every day and we need as well to have the strength to push our own opinions through, and many times despite big resistance. But I'm sure that Villas-Boas had the strength to do that but, when you're not given time, you have no chance."
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