Villas-Boas joins Chelsea after much speculation on who would take the role following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season but, at last we have a new manager in place and we all wish him every success during his time at Chelsea FC.
Villas-Boas became part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Porto, following him to Chelsea and then Inter Milan. His scouting reports were legendary for the detail he had about the opposition teams Chelsea played.
He moved back to Portugal in 2009 to take on his first domestic coaching job at Academica de Coimbra before re-joining Porto on 2nd June 2010. Last season saw Porto win ‘The Treble’ for the second time (Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Europa League) making Porto the first, and only European team, to achieve this.
During his time with Mourinho he seems to have taken on some of TSO’s characteristics, his managerial style has earned him the nickname “The Special One – Mark II” and, he is also thought to be a keen admirer of the tactics used by Jose’s present main rival in La Liga, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, so I think we can expect a similar 4-3-3 line up with an extra attacking feel to it, we shall see.
* Andre Villas-Boas – CV:
- 1994: Invited to work as a trainee with FC Porto’s youth-team coaches by manager Sir Bobby Robson
- 2000: Became the youngest international team manager as British Virgin Islands boss
- 2002-2009: Worked under Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan
- 2009: Appointed Academica coach
- 2010: Appointed Porto coach
* from the BBC website