Andre Villas-Boas has accepted an offer to become manager of Chelsea Football Club, according to reports in Portugal. Chelsea have reportedly agreed to pay the £13.2m release clause to get Villas-Boas out of his contract with Porto to head to west London.
Villas-Boas is best known for leading Porto to the domestic double and Europa League success last season. The Portugese manager fits the bill at Chelsea and is seen as the next Jose Mourinho. According to Wikipedia, at the age of 16, Villas-Boas (who was always a Porto supporter) lived in the same apartment block as the English Bobby Robson, who was managing FC Porto at the time. Following a debate between the two, Robson appointed Villas-Boas to Porto’s observation department. Curiously, Villas-Boas had argued that Robson should play Domingos Paciência more regularly, the future coach of S.C. Braga who Villas Boas would defeat in the 2011 Europa League final to make history. Under the guidance of Robson, who was impressed with his fluent knowledge of the English language, he achieved his UEFA C coaching licence as a minor at the age of 17 in Scotland. He then had a short stint as head coach of the British Virgin Islands national team at the age of 21, before he moved onto a career as an assistant under the management of José Mourinho at Porto, another protégé of Robson’s.
Just over a month ago, Andre Villas-Boas told a reporter for Il Corriere dello Sport that he was confident where his future would be. “My future, like you know is linked to Porto absolutely.” Now it appears his future is in England.
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