AVB was sacked for refusing to select Adebayor

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Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday morning when he told chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini that he would not select Togo striker  Emmanuel Adebayor.

Villas-Boas had met with the three men after the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday Night and agreed to meet again the following morning.

Although AdebayorÔÇÖs name was not mentioned by either Levy or Baldini, the Portuguese head coach took it to be a suggestion that he should recall the Togolese striker. He said that there would be no possibility of him recalling the striker, who has played just 45 minutes this season ÔÇô the second half of the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.

That was the tipping point for Levy to take the decision to sack the 36-year-old head coach. There has been a feeling at the club that Villas-BoasÔÇÖs behavior has suggested he has been challenging them to sack him ÔÇô with his reluctance to budge on certain issues.