Andre Villas-Boas: I felt ’empty’ after Chelsea sacking

Andre Villas-Boas has lifted the lid on how he was left feeling "empty" following his dismissal as manager of Chelsea

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Andre Villas-Boas took charge of Spurs in July 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

Andre Villas-Boas has lifted the lid on how he was left feeling “empty” following his dismissal as manager of Chelsea after just nine months at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese coach was sacked by the Blues in March 2012 following a poor run of results less than a year after he replaced Carlo Ancelotti in charge of the west London club.

The 35-year-old former Porto boss was then appointed as Tottenham manager four months later following Harry Redknapp’s departure from the north London club.

And in a fascinating in-depth interview with the League Managers Association’s The Manager magazine, Villas-Boas explained how he coped following his ruthless dismissal by Chelsea.

“You certainly feel an emptiness at first, because you are used to living in this frantic world of football where you are responsible for many people and are always active. When that ends you don’t know how to behave,” Villas-Boas said.

“To begin with, I spent a lot of time with my family. Then I wanted to get rid of the empty feeling by continuing on my journey of learning and self-development.

“I almost had to revert to the things that make me who I am – as a person and a manager.

“I also met with my technical staff who had left Chelsea at the same time as me and we discussed what we felt hadn’t gone well and what lessons we could learn from the experience.

“All experiences allow you to see things in a different way, to reposition yourself when necessary and develop on a personal and a professional level.”

Villas-Boas, whose Tottenham side just missed out on Champions League qualification as Arsenal finished a point ahead of them last season, continued: “It was good to be able to return to English football with Spurs.

“I was very well received when I joined last season by a tremendous group of players who continue to have such a positive drive and ambition in their desire to achieve results together.”

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