4th of July 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Former Chelsea and FC Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed the new boss of Tottenham Hotspur, three weeks after Harry Redknapp was dismissed. Villas-Boas, aged 34, returns to coaching on a three-year contract which comes just four months after his dismissal at Chelsea.
"For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League," the Portuguese said. "This is a squad any coach would love to work with. Together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."
Villas-Boas won the Portuguese domestic double and the Europa League with FC Porto in 2010-11, but he wasn't as successful in England and he was sacked by Chelsea after less than 12 months at the helm.
After Harry Redknapp's surprising dismissal, former France coach Laurent Blanc, Wigan's Roberto Martinez, Fabio Capello and former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann were thought to be in contention for the job, but the Spurs chairman preferred Villas-Boas.
"He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organised teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said. "Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent, and he will be able to do so now at a new world-class training centre."
Villas-Boas brings with him two members of the coaching staff who were with him at Chelsea: first-team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting. Chairman Levy suggested that Tottenham would now look to add a few more players to the squad following the appointment of the Portuguese manager.
"It is important we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, while strengthening the first team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the club," he said.
Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last season and they will start the new season away to Newcastle on 18 August. Then Villas-Boas will lead the Spurs against his former club Chelsea on 20 October at White Hart Lane. The manager's arrival follows last week's good news for the Spurs fans, that winger Gareth Bale has signed a new four-year-deal with the club.
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