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Why this ex-Chelsea and Spurs gaffer should never work in England again

Date: 13th March 2014 at 6:41pm
Written by Christy Malyan

There was once a time when former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was regarded as one of the finest young managerial talents Europe had to offer. Fresh from a treble-winning campaign with Porto, suggesting shades of Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese was hailed as 'the next Special one' when he arrived in the Premier League in 2011. But three years and two failed coaching tenures later, the axed Spurs gaffer has been essentially laughed out of the English game. Three months on from his most recent sacking, and coincidentally, just a week after the two-year anniversary of his Chelsea departure, the question remains; why could Villas-Boas never replicate the Porto effect in the Premier League? The answers will explain why the 36 year-old is unlikely to work in the English top flight ever again. Let's start by stating the obvious; Villas-Boas's first job in England, a matter-of-months stay with Chelsea, was a complete disaster from beginning to end. The West London side ended up in sixth place under his leadership - their worst Premier League standing for exactly one decade. At the time, it was alleged that player power and dressing room cliques at Stamford Bridge had actively worked against a manager trying to implement a new philosophy, taking advantage of his rather quiet and unimposing demeanour. But the fact the Blues finished that season with a Champions League and FA Cup double under former assistant Roberto Di Matteo, shows there was obvious ... Read More


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