André Villas-Boas: I’m privileged to take charge of Tottenham Hotspur
André Villas-Boas is named the new Tottenham Hotspur manager three weeks after Harry Redknapp's sacking
André Villas-Boas has been confirmed as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager three weeks after Harry Redknapp was dismissed by the north London club.
The Portuguese coach has signed a three-year deal at White Hart Lane following his sacking by Chelsea in March after 257 days in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Following weeks of speculation linking Villas-Boas to the vacant post, Spurs confirmed the news on their Twitter page just before 14:00 BST.
Villas-Boas said he feels “privileged” to have been handed the Spurs role and described it is one of the most “exciting” jobs in the English top flight.
“Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world,” he said. “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.”
The 34-year-old’s backroom staff will include José Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousato following the departures of Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “I am delighted that André has agreed to become our new head coach.
“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.
“André 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.”
André Villas-Boas factfile
• An amateur player in his teens with Ramaldense and Clube Marechal Gomes da Costa, Villas-Boas never played professional football, laying the groundwork for a coaching career with a spell as a teenage talent scout during Sir Bobby Robson’s spell as coach of Porto in the mid-1990s.
• Still in his 20s, he took on a role as technical director with the British Virgin Islands in 2000, but was back working with Porto’s youth players by the time José Mourinho took him into his inner circle following his appointment as Porto coach in January 2002.
• Initially detailed to scout upcoming opponents, he followed ‘The Special One’ from success to success at Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale before striking out on his own as coach of Académica in October 2009.
• An 11th-placed finish in his only season in Coimbra was enough to persuade Porto to bring him in as Jesualdo Ferreira’s replacement; hired in June 2010, he became the club’s youngest ever coach aged just 32.
• Villas-Boas oversaw a memorable 2010-11 campaign at the Estádio do Dragão, becoming the first Portuguese to guide a side through a Liga campaign unbeaten, winning the Super Cup, national championship and Portuguese Cup as well as the Europa League after beating SC Braga in the final.
• He joined Chelsea on a three-year deal in June 2011 but was sacked in March 2012 following a poor string of results.
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