Andre Villas-Boas wins 'Breakthrough Coach of the Century' Award


Tottenham's manager Andre Villas-Boas has earned bragging rights over his former boss Jose Mourinho.

This time last year Andre Villas-Boas was sitting reflecting on where it all went wrong at Chelsea.

12 months on the Portuguese boss is going toe to toe with the Blues in the Premier League, having restored his reputation with Tottenham.

Now that reputation has been enhanced further after winning a 'Breakthrough Coach of the Century' Award, from his former club Porto.

AVB traveled to Portugal this week during the international week to attend the awards ceremony being held by his former club.

At receiving the award he said: "I have a career too short and this award exceeds the trophies I still hope to win. What I did at Porto contributed to this distinction, was an exceptional period, we won everything and this brand will mark my life and my career forever. "

AVB's time at Porto was what saw him stand out and elevated to become Chelsea boss at the age of just 33.

He led the side to an undefeated season in the Primera Liga, finishing 20 points clear of their rivals. Not only that, but AVB led the team boasting the strikeforce of Hulk and Falcao to become Europa League winners, and winning the Portuguese Cup, a rare treble.

He only spent one season at Porto, and yet accomplished so much, so there is little wonder he is held in such high esteem.

One man who may be smarting at the award however is Jose Mourinho, who is already angered at missing out on the FIFA Coach of the Year Award in Spain, claiming voter irregularities and a 'fix'.

AVB and Mourinho were both appointed by the late Sir Bobby Robson, with the now Tottenham boss working under Mourinho at Porto and Chelsea.

'The Special One' achieved at Porto too, winning two league titles, one Portuguese Cup, the UEFA Cup, and the Champions League. As a manager who began as Sir Bobby Robson's interpreter - and like AVB had just one managerial job before Porto - He might well feel as though this is another snub, and an award he should have won.

Does AVB deserve the award? Or should Jose be angry?

image: © Vladimir Maiorov

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