Tuesday 03 July 2012

Villas-Boas takes charge at Tottenham

Former Chelsea boss succeeds Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane on three-year deal

New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas won three trophies in his only season at Porto

Andre Villas-Boas has been named as the new head coach of Tottenham Hotspur after signing a three-year deal.

The 34-year-old Portuguese succeeds Harry Redknapp, who left the club at the end of last season after four years at White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas returns to management only four months after parting company with Chelsea in March after an eight-month spell at Stamford Bridge.

"This is a squad any coach would love to work with"
- Andre Villas-Boas

"Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world," he told the club's official website.

"I feel privileged to be its coach. For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League.

"I have had several discussions with the chairman and the board and I share their vision for the future progress of the club. This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."

Villas-Boas began his coaching career working under Sir Bobby Robson at Porto before teaming up with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Inter Milan.

He became Academica manager in 2009 and a year later Villas-Boas took over at Porto, winning the league and cup double as well as the UEFA Europa League in his first and only season in charge.

In the process, Villas-Boas became the youngest manager to lift a European trophy.

He was named as Chelsea manager in June 2011 but left the club earlier this year after a disappointing run of results.

Impressive campaign

Villas-Boas takes over a Spurs side that enjoyed an impressive campaign in 2011/12.

They finished fourth in the Barclays Premier League table but were denied a place in this season's UEFA Champions League as Chelsea went on to win the competition.

"It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels"
- Daniel Levy

"I am delighted that Andre has agreed to become our new head coach," added Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

"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. 

"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.

"We are constantly looking to move the club forward. It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, whilst strengthening the First Team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the club."

Villas-Boas will bring first team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting, with him to White Hart Lane.

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Key Points

  • Andre Villas-Boas is named as the new head coach of Tottenham Hotspur
  • Former Chelsea boss signs a three-year deal
  • Villas-Boas says he is privileged to coach at Spurs