FORMER Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is today expected to be announced as Tottenham’s new manager as the search to replace the sacked Harry Redknapp reaches its conclusion.
Tottenham’s failure to secure qualification for the Champions League was the overwhelming factor in Redknapp’s departure from White Hart Lane and Villas-Boas – who is expected to sign a three-year contract – now remains the outstanding candidate to be his successor, despite his failure to impress at Chelsea.
Villas-Boas was last season sacked after less than a year in charge at Stamford Bridge and his replacement, Roberto di Matteo, thereafter inspired them to win the FA Cup and Champions League. He regardless continues to be considered one of European football’s brightest talents, however, and was also considered for the vacant Liverpool job before Brendan Rodgers was eventually lured from Swansea City.
One of Villas-Boas’s immediate tasks at Spurs will entail a restructuring of their playing personnel. As well as Emmanuel Adebayor’s departure, the futures of the influential Ledley King and Luka Modric remain uncertain.