Spurs announce appointment of Villas-Boas as new manager



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Villas-Boas spent a successful spell as Porto boss before being sacked after less than a year in charge of the Blues


Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed as the new boss of Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.

The 34-year old Portuguese returns to football on a three-year contract four months after his dismissal at Chelsea and just three months after the Lilywhites sacked Harry Redknapp cutting short his four-year stay at White Hart Lane.

"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." 

Despite winning the Portuguese domestic double and the Europa League at FC Porto in 2010-11, Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea less than twelve months into his three-year contract in March.

After the dismissal of Redknapp, former France coach Laurent Blanc, Wigan Athletic's Spanish head coach Roberto Martinez, ex-England manager Fabio Capello and former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann were linked with the post before the ex-Porto boss emerged as the club's preferred candidate.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told the club website in a statement: "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. Andre (Villas-Boas) 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 arrives in North London bringing with him two members of the coaching staff who served under him at Stamford Bridge, first-team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and head of operation scouting Daniel Sousa. And Levy hinted that Tottenham would now look to add to their playing staff in the close season saying, "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."

Tottenham, who finished fourth in the Premier League table last season but still missed out on Champions League football, launch the 2012-13 campaign playing away to Newcastle United on 18th August at St James Park.

Villas-Boas is scheduled to lead Spurs into action against his former club Chelsea on 20th October at White Hart Lane, with the Portuguese due to return to Stamford Bridge on 13th April.

His arrival follows last week's news that 22-year old Wales winger Gareth Bale has signed a new four-year-deal to remain at the club until 2016. 

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