Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Villas-Boas ditches Porto paving path to Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas' hugely successful start to his managerial career has impressed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Porto have confirmed coach Andre Villas-Boas has tendered his resignation and his contract will be terminated once his 15 million euro release clause has been paid.

The Portuguese champions made the announcement in a statement to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission and it appears to pave the way for Villas-Boas to join Chelsea.

The west London club are searching for a coach to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked at the end of last season.

The statement read: "FC Porto was today notified of the intention of Andre Villas-Boas to resign from his contract with the club by triggering the release clause immediately.

"The contract will be terminated once the required amount is paid."

Villas-Boas guided the Dragons to the domestic double and Europa League success last season.

And he is no stranger to Chelsea, having worked there under Jose Mourinho.

Villas-Boas, who was reportedly also on Inter Milan's wanted list, would dramatically increase his salary with a move back to Chelsea, with reports suggesting as much as £4.4m-a-year is on offer.

If Villas-Boas does succeed Ancelotti one of his first signings could be to bring Porto's star striker Falcao to Stamford Bridge along with him, the £25m-rated Colombian having impressed as the Dragons won the Europa League final at Dublin's Aviva Stadium, where the 25-year-old netted the only goal against Braga.

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS FACTFILE

1977: Born in Porto on October 17.

1993: Invited to work as a trainee with FC Porto's youth-team coaches by manager Sir Bobby Robson.

1994: Achieves UEFA C coaching licence in Scotland.

2000: Takes charge of the British Virgin Islands for two international matches. Both end in defeat.

2002: Becomes part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff at Porto.

2004: Follows Mourinho to Chelsea.

2008: Moves with Mourinho to Inter Milan.

2009: Appointed manager of Academica in October, with club bottom of the table and without a win. Villas-Boas guides them to an 11th-place finish and a Portuguese League Cup semi-final.

2010: June 2 - Appointed manager of boyhood club Porto.

August 7 - Wins Portuguese Supercup with 2-0 victory over Benfica.

2011: April 3 - Leads Porto to their 25th league title, finishing with the biggest ever winning margin over second place (21 points).

May 18 - Porto win Europa League with a 1-0 triumph over fellow Portuguese side Braga.

May 22 - Guides Porto to a trophy treble with a comprehensive 6-2 win over Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portuguese Cup final.

June 21 - Porto confirm Villas-Boas has tendered his resignation and his contract will be terminated once his 15 million euros release clause has been paid.





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