Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham name Portuguese as new manager
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed the new head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, three weeks after Harry Redknapp was sacked.
Villas-Boas, 34, returns to football on a three-year contract less than four months after his dismissal at Chelsea.
"For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League," said Villas-Boas.
"This is a squad any coach would love to work with. Together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."
Villas-Boas fact file
1977: Born in Porto 17 October
1993: Works as a trainee under Sir Bobby Robson at Porto
1994: Achieves Uefa C coaching licence in Scotland
2002: Becomes part of Jose Mourinho's staff at Porto
2004: Follows Mourinho to Chelsea
2008: Moves with Mourinho to Inter Milan
2009: Appointed manager of Academica
2010: Named Porto boss
2011: Wins league, cup and Europa League in first season
2011: Appointed Chelsea manager
2012: Sacked by Chelsea after a 257-day reign at Stamford Bridge
Despite winning the Portuguese domestic double and the Europa League at Porto in 2010-11, Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea less than 12 months into a three-year contract in March.
In the wake of Redknapp's dismissal, former France coach Laurent Blanc, Wigan's Roberto Martinez, Fabio Capello and former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann were linked with the post before the ex-Porto boss emerged as Spurs' preferred candidate.
"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," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told the club's official website.
"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."
Villas-Boas brings with him two members of the coaching staff who served under him at Chelsea, first-team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting.
And Levy hinted that Tottenham would now look to add to their playing staff in the close season.
"It is important we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, while strengthening the first team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the club," he said.
Tottenham, who finished fourth in the Premier League table last season, launch the 2012-13 season away to Newcastle on 18 August.
Villas-Boas is scheduled to lead Spurs into action against his former club Chelsea on 20 October at White Hart Lane, with the Portuguese due to return to Stamford Bridge on 13 April.
His arrival follows last week's news that winger Gareth Bale, 22, has signed a new four-year-deal with Spurs.http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18610066
I hope he doesn't turn out to be an excellent manager for them, otherwise we might end up regretting not going for him.