FourFour Two: Andre Villas Boas is out of the picture at Villas Pizza

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Andre Villases Boas has been forced to retire from coaching after the club announced it would be selling its brand of pizza.

The former Wales international was widely seen as the club’s long-term replacement as they sought to revive their fortunes in the Champions League.

But they will be relying on their own homegrown talent in the new year, with their squad looking set to be depleted by the departure of veteran defender Luke Durrant, who joined Swansea City in January, and veteran goalkeeper Scott Parker.

Villas, who took over from Roberto Martinez at the start of the season, has not played a competitive game since March and the departure means the club will need to sell some of its own players in the coming weeks.

The news was confirmed by a statement on the club website on Monday evening.

“The club is disappointed that Andre Villasa has not been able to continue his role at Villa.

We wish him well and look forward to him continuing with the club at some point in the future,” it read.

Villasa, who spent eight years at Cardiff City, was in charge of the club for eight months from October 2016 to March 2017, and took charge of their second-tier Premier League side in June 2017.

Villa, who was also a director of Cardiff City before leaving the Welsh capital, was appointed head coach at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

“We would like to thank Andre for his contributions to the club during his tenure as head coach and wish him the best in his future endeavours,” the statement read.

The club said Villas would be available for the rest of the year.

“Andre has been a very good servant of the football club and has been able, with the support of his team-mates, to ensure the club remained competitive in the Premier League and the Champions Leagues.

He is in the process of reviewing his future with the Club,” the club added.

Former Swansea City midfielder Luke Durrants departure leaves Villas with the vacant role of first-team coach Source: News Corp Australia | Duration: 3min 51sec Topic: Swansea City