Burnley rejected Andre Villas-Boas

Andre VIllas-Boas, Tottenham HotspurFormer Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher has stated that the Championship club turned down a job application from Andre Villas-Boas back in 2010.

The now-Tottenham boss is said to have applied for the Turf Moor hotseat position when the club were in the Premier League, when at the time he was coaching Academica back in his homeland.

Fletcher has confessed that the club spurned the opportunity to bring AVB to the club.

“Mickey Walsh, an old playing colleague of mine, got in touch with me to describe Andre as being a real up and coming hot prospect,” Fletcher writes in his upcoming book Magical: A Life In Football, with an extract published in The Telegraph.

“He sent a very detailed and lengthy application for the job. His CV and Powerpoint presentation were amazing. Even by today’s standards there was some complicated stuff in it, with some things that I didn’t understand.

“Tommy Docherty used to say he never said anything to his players his milkman wouldn’t understand. I don’t think any milkman would fathom the meaning of a lot of Andre’s presentation.

“The language and jargon of football gets worse by the day. Villas-Boas uses a lot of it. Would Burnley players have ever understood what he wanted if he’d told them to ‘solidificate’ or some of his other terms?

“It’s a fascinating thought, one of the many ‘ifs’ in football. If Andre Villas-Boas had been manager of Burnley’s Premiership team; would he have saved the season? With hindsight, we might have appointed him, but at the time it would just have been too big a risk,” he concluded.

Owen Coyle had just left in January 2010 to join Bolton, and Burnley opted to replace him with Brian Laws and were duly relegated.

By Gareth McKnight