Andre Villas-Boas is poised to assume the vacant manager’s position at Chelsea after the club’s pursuit of Guus Hiddink hit a snag.
The Dutchman had been the favourite to take control at Stamford Bridge having enjoyed great success with the Blues when filling in, briefly, as caretaker manager in 2009.
However, Hiddink’s reluctance to fill the traditional manager’s role and the failure to recruit a top-class coach willing to work alongside him means Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has had to redraw his plans for the club following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in May.
With the search on for a manager rather than a coach and director of football, Villas-Boas suddenly emerged as a candidate given his sterling efforts at Porto last year.
The 33-year-old guided the club to the Portuguese league championship without losing a game and also added the Portuguese Cup and Europa League trophy to his collection.
He also has connections at Chelsea having served as scout at the club during the Jose Mourinho regime.
This has been enough to convince Abramovich that Villas-Boas is the man to reassert Chelsea’s domestic dominance and deliver him the Champions League title he so covets.
While the deal has not yet been finalised, Chelsea appear willing to pay the €15 million release clause in Villas-Boas’ contract, paving the way for his move.
With Abramovich also ready to open his chequebook to revamp the ageing Chelsea squad, the Blues could be good bets to reclaim the Premier League title next year at 11/4.
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One of the first players to arrive could be Falcao, Porto’s prolific striker.
“If Villas-Boas is the new coach of Chelsea it is normal for players that are closest to follow him,” Claudio Mossi, an agent of Falcao, told the Sun.
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