A Few Concerns About The Appointment Of Andre Villas-Boas…

By on June 21, 2011


Guus Hiddink was the favourite to become the next Chelsea manager, but now, Andre Villas-Boas has emerged as outstanding favourite for the job. Many major bookmakers have suspending betting on Villas-Boas becoming the next Chelsea manager, thereby confirming the speculation. It may not be the official thing yet, but bookmakers don’t often want to lose their money.

The 33-year-old has been dubbed by many as the next Mourinho, who moved to Chelsea in a similar manner during the summer of 2004. Villas-Boas was amongst the leading candidates linked with Chelsea immediately after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. However, the £13.2m release clause coupled with the Portuguese’s own admission that he would turn down Chelsea, cooled the rumours.


Now, it seems that Roman Abramovich is prepared to stump up the amount and has also managed to turn Villas-Boas’ head. Reports suggest that he is heading to London to hold talks. Despite his lack of inexperience, he has almost managed to emulate Mourinho at Porto. However, age will be the biggest factor of concern with regard to this appointment. He is so young that some of the squad members like Lampard and Hilario will be seniors to him.

Would he be able to command respect to the squad members, most of whom have already worked with him and still remain at Stamford Bridge? He was the assistant manager to Mourinho during his time at Chelsea and followed him to Inter Milan as well. It also puts Hiddink’s role at the club at a slight confusion, especially given that talks are in an advanced stage with the Dutchman.

However, there can be no doubts over his credibility in terms of winning trophies. Like Mourinho, he is a coach who knows how to win. The only worrying factor, though, would be the style of play. Given his connections with Mourinho, it would be fair to expect functional football, similar to Mourinho’s, from the start. Either way, he definitely has all the credentials to become the next ‘Special One’.

I really hope that it starts but doesn’t end in the same way as Mourinho.

Submitted by Chelsea FC True Blue




  1. Munkeyfeet

    June 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

    You couldn’t have got your facts more wrong!

    If mourinho is the devil (in footballing terms) then Boas is the angel. He is the youngest to win a european cup, won the league by the biggest margin ever with the most goals scored and was the first team to go unbeaten for a whole season – all this with a Porto team expected to be lucky to finish in the top 3!

    He hasn’t followed Mourinho, he has eclipsed him in virtually every aspect.

    If mourinho was special, Boas has the chance to become Uber Special.

    This is the best hire we could of hoped for.

    He is 33 so we have him for a long time, he is tactically a master (he was mourunho’s opposition coach!), plays barca esque football, knows how to win and is a gent in the public eye.

    We give him the players he needs and we will be off our seats a lot at SB.

    • DMC

      June 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      I agree with the article. This guy will not be able to command the dressing room at SB. No way, no how.

      The previous comment that he has eclipsed Mourinho is totally ridiculous.

      Porto are nowhere near the calibre of a major premiership side.

      Mourhinho’s record is one of the best in the world and was when he took over at Chelsea.

      This boy hasn’t done anything to warrant praise.

      He won the league with Porto against second class side…do me a favour!

      Hiddink I could have lived with…but this kid has no chance in hell of winning the premier league let alone the champions league. Another season of disappointment.

      Roman should manage the side and get it out of his system and then get Mourinho back and leave the managing to the managers.

  2. sam

    June 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    i can imagine two young coaches facing each other – Pep vs Villas Boas

  3. sam

    June 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    i can imagine two young coaches facing each other in CL Final – Pep vs Villas Boas

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