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A new name in the frame for Head Coach


Dave Clarke

When a big club goes through a bad patch there is the usual talk of how the coach will be sacked and who the replacements could be. It is interesting to see the names that come up. They are usually the same names, Jose MOurinho, Gus Hiddink, Harry Redknapp, Marco van Basten, a few ex players of the team involved and Pep Guardiola.

But a new name has been added to the list – Andre Villas Boas. He’s the hottest young coach in Europe at the moment, and his record this season has been outstanding. Porto have won the league with games to spare – p26 w24 d2 l0. Villas Boas has also taken Porto to the semi-finals of the Europa League beating Spartak Moscow 10-3 on aggregate in the quarters.

He has been called Mini-Mourinho – like Mourinho he wasn’t much of a playerand was given his chance in management through Sir Bobby Robson when he was Porto manager. He hired him to work in the club’s scouting and statistics department, and then arranged work experience for him with George Burley at Ipswich Town and to take his coaching badges at Lilleshall.

When Mourinho came to Porto he promoted Villas Boas to be the club’s head of opposition scouting. When Mourinho moved to Chelsea and Internazionale, he took Villas Boas with him. “I travel to training grounds,often incognito, and then look at our opponent’s mental and physical state before drawing my conclusions and presenting a full dossier. José is obsessed with detail,” he explained his job.

In 2009 he left Mourinho to take over as manager of Academia in Portugal’s top division. He saved the team from certain relegation catching the eye of his former employers at Porto and they gave him the top job there. He plays a fast 4-3-3 formation, with a pressing and very organised style. It has brought success to Porto and put his name in the frame for a number of big clubs – Chelsea being one of them. Watch out Carlo.

Click here to see a scouting report from Villas Boas when he was at Chelsea.

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AVB is going to be a force to be reckoned with for a long time. He’s phenomenal at organizing. His team plays exciting fast-paced football.

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