By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes Andre Villas-Boas deserved more time to prove himself at Chelsea.

The Portuguese was sacked on Sunday less than nine months after being appointed manager at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are now looking for their eighth permanent boss since 2003 and Wenger has sympathy for the most recent incumbent.

"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," said Wenger.

"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.

"You cannot say that it's an impossible job [to manage Chelsea]," added Wenger.

"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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5 Mar 2012