Tottenham, AVB ink 3-year deal
Former Chelsea and FC Porto chief Andre Villas-Boas was officially named the new Tottenham Hotspur manager Tuesday, signing a three-year deal for an undisclosed amount.
Villas-Boas, who was fired by Chelsea in March after less than a season at Stamford Bridge, replaces Harry Redknapp, who was dismissed by Tottenham in June.
Villas-Boas led Porto to an undefeated season in the league, winning four trophies and becoming the youngest manager ever to win a European title in the process, before joining Chelsea and extending his run to 39 games undefeated.
"Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world," Villas-Boas said on the team's website. "I feel privileged to be its coach. For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League. I have had several discussions with the chairman and the board and I share their vision for the future progress of the club. This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."
Spurs also considered former France coach Laurent Blanc and Schalke 04 boss Ralf Rangnick, while Everton manager David Moyes had been a serious contender before chairman Daniel Levy cooled his interest.
Villas-Boas, 34, will be charged with creating a young Spurs side that can challenge for a place in the top four of the Premier League and qualification for the Champions League.
The Portuguese coach was hugely successful at Porto prior to his move to Chelsea, winning the Primeira Liga, Portuguese Cup and the Europa League in his one season in charge at Estadio do Dragao.
"I am delighted that Andre has agreed to become our new head coach," Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said. "He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organized teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style. 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 center."
Fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting, will join Villas-Boas' coaching staff.
"We are constantly looking to move the club forward," Levy said. "It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, whilst strengthening the first team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the club."