Andre Villas-Boas may not have to wait very long on the unemployment line, as he's reportedly being targeted as the next manager of AC Milan.
According to The Times (via the Daily Mirror's Paul Gorst), the former Tottenham Hotspur manager "has been contacted by Milan officials about the prospect of taking over from Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro."
Allegri's expiring contract means the Portuguese manager can take over before next season kicks off without any hassle.
Adrian Durham of talkSPORT questioned the veracity of the report, after AVB had been linked with other foreign clubs in the past:
AC Milan want AVB? Is that like PSG and Real Madrid wanted AVB too? Let's see if this one is actually true...— Adrian Durham (@talkSPORTDrive) December 20, 2013
Villas-Boas was recently sacked by Spurs following a 5-0 loss to Liverpool. It came as a result of the club's underwhelming start to the season, despite a massive outlay during the summer to account for the loss of Gareth Bale.
In an interview in The Manager, AVB discussed how his life has changed without the day-to-day duties of managing a Premier League club (via the Daily Mail's Matt Barlow):
You certainly feel an emptiness at first.
You are used to living in the frantic world of football where you are responsible for many people and are always active. When that ends you don’t know how to behave.
To begin with I spent a lot of time with my family. Then I wanted to get rid of the empty feeling by continuing on my journey of learning and self-development. I almost had to revert to the things that make me who I am - as a person and a manager.
By the sounds of it, Villas-Boas appears ready for a new challenge.
Given Milan's problems in the league this year, Allegri is a dead man walking. It's just a matter of who will be replacing him. Milan's vice president Adriano Galliani has already denied reports that Clarence Seedorf will be the next manager, per Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas, so perhaps AVB is in the fold.
Only time will tell if Villas-Boas, Seedorf or somebody else is the man to take over for Allegri.
For Villas-Boas, it would be a golden opportunity to silence the critics and make everyone forget about those aborted stints at Chelsea and Tottenham.