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  • on 21.06.2011
  • at 12:19 PM
  • by KT

So just who is Andre Villas-Boas?

At 33 he is less than a year older than Frank Lampard, yet Roman Abramovich looks set to place his trust (and multi-million transfer kitty!) in the hands of Andre Villas-Boas.

After handing in his resignation to the Porto chairman earlier this morning, he is set to become the 7th Chelsea Manager in the Russian billionaire’s reign, following in the footsteps of Ranieri, Mourinho, Grant, Scolari, Hiddink & Ancelotti).

Most bookmakers have stopped taking bets on the Next Chelsea Manager market, but Victor Chandler are still offering 1/16 for the Portuguese manager to take the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

Known for being a master tactician, Villas-Boas led Porto to the Portuguese League, Cup and Europa League treble in only the second year of his managerial career.

He did spend some time at Chelsea, working under Jose Mourinho during his successful spell there. He also spent time with the ‘special one’ during his time at Porto and Inter Milan too, before becoming a manager himself.

It is a little-known fact that the late, great Bobby Robson was the first person to take Villas-Boas under his wing.

As a keen 16-year-old student of the game, Villas-Boas wrote to the vastly experienced England coach asking why he was not selecting striker Domingos.

Impressed with the teenager’s passion, Robson helped him take coaching courses and introduced him to Mourinho, who hired Villas Boas as a scout on his return Porto in 2002.

Both of them marked me. Robson gave me ideas and I grew up around Mourinho

Villas-Boas pledged his future to Porto after their Europe League final triumph, but that loyalty appears to have been tested and broken after the bright lights of Stamford Bridge came calling.

It has been reported that Inter Milan tried to scupper the deal by making a move for the up-and-coming manager, but the Nerazzuris were unwilling to match the £13m release clause – something which Abramovich seems only too willing to do.

Now it seems that Villas-Boas will travel to London over the next day or two to finalise the deal which will make him the Chelsea manager; a deal which is rumoured to be in the region of £4.5 million-a-year.

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