8 Possible Destinations for Andre Villas-Boas After Chelsea Sacking

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIMarch 12, 2012

8 Possible Destinations for Andre Villas-Boas After Chelsea Sacking

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    Andre Villas-Boas' sacking from Chelsea Football Club last week means that the Portuguese manager is likely job-hunting as I type.

    As an understudy to Jose Mourinho, Villas-Boas came to England with a strong reputation, and the question will remain on how badly that reputation has been damaged.

    In this article we'll look at some of the options available to the manager following his Stamford Bridge departure.

FC Porto

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    Having done such an excellent job at FC Porto in the season before he became Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas may decide to try and go back to his roots in the Portuguese league.

    The question is whether the club would welcome back the manager having appointed his former assistant—Vítor Pereira—to take his place after AVB resigned.

    After all, no one likes a quitter.

England

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    It is unknown whether Andre Villas-Boas will decide to stay in England, but one thing that is known is that the England national team requires a manager for Euro 2012.

    Villas-Boas taking the position seems an unlikely outcome, but stranger things have happened in football.

Inter Milan

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    Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly the hot favourite to take over from Claudio Ranieri at Inter Milan.

    Goal.com has an article suggesting that Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has already voiced his desire to make the change at the end of the season following Inter's disappointing Serie A campaign.

Vacation

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    Quite often when a manager is unceremoniously axed from a position, they take time away from the game to reflect on what has happened and spend time with their families.

    It wouldn't be surprising to see Villas-Boas do that whilst he waits to be selected for his next role.

    Getting straight back on the horse isn't always wise unless you know why you were thrown in the first place.

Assistant

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    Andre Villas-Boas garnered a lot of his methods from his days as Jose Mourinho's assistant coach during spells at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

    Having done well in his own right at Porto, Villas-Boas may look to step out of the limelight for a while and provide assistance to someone more senior before taking another hot seat. 

    Mourinho thought Villas-Boas' first management move to Academica was a bad decision at the time, perhaps The Special One didn't think Villas-Boas had learnt everything he needed to know. 

Real Madrid

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    Jose Mourinho is hotly tipped to become the next Chelsea manager at the end of the season.

    Obviously if Mourinho did go back to Stamford Bridge, Real Madrid would require a new coach to replace him.

    Villas-Boas still has high stock in that part of Europe, and the move might suit both parties with Real not having to compensate anybody.

    The question is whether Villas-Boas has the ability to deal with the egos that Real Madrid would provide.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Football often generates shocks, either in results or transfers.

    Some things are less shocking, such as the likelihood of Harry Redknapp becoming the next England manager—people are just expecting it.

    If Redknapp did leave a vacant seat at White Hart Lane, what would be more annoying to Spurs' London rivals, Chelsea, than to appoint Villas-Boas and see him succeed in the development of the club.

    Chelsea's loss could be Tottenham's gain.

Barcelona

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    Chelsea are rumoured to be targeting Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola as a replacement for Villas-Boas, but the highly rated manager has already moved to suggest that he won't be lured to Stamford Bridge.

    Nevertheless, what people say and what people do in football are two very different things, and if Guardiola did depart the Camp Nou, Villas-Boas may put himself forward as a possible replacement.

Afterthoughts

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    As always in these situations, there is only one man who has any idea on where his future may lie.

    Quite a few Chelsea fans were disappointed in the manager's sacking and felt that the club had nothing to gain by losing him at this stage of the season. After all, it's not as though Roberto Di Matteo has a chance of winning anything this season, so why not give Villas-Boas the summer to try and strengthen.

    The Chelsea manager's job is becoming the hardest job in football now that Roman Abramovich has sacked his sixth hire in as many years.

    Who in their right mind would want this job now?

    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out EPL transfer rumours: One position each side will look to improve in the summer, and Premier League: How each bottom 10 team can avoid the drop.

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