Villas-Boas earned his marching orders after he saw his Tottenham side lose 5-0 at home to a rampant Liverpool team, and his 18 month stint in charge at White Hart Lane came to a crushing end. It's probably the end of the road for Villas-Boas in England, for time being at least, and a move abroad may be on the horizon for the 36 year old.
But the old adage says that “when one door closes, another one opens” is often one that rings true, and this may well be the case for Villas-Boas. Many have said that his ideas and philosophy are better suited to the slower-paced style of Spanish football, and that opportunity may have presented itself to the former Chelsea boss.
Valencia have taken the decision to sack manager Miroslav Djukic, with the team lying in 9th place in the La Liga table. Djukic, who featured as a player for Los Che between 1997 and 2003, saw his side thumped 3-0 by a Diego Costa-inspired Atletico Madrid, and with the patience of the board already wearing thin, the 47 year old found himself sacked, just six months after leaving Real Valldolid for the Mestalla.
Djukic replaced Athletic Bilbao-bound Ernesto Valverde, who came in once Mauricio Pellegino had been sacked in the recent revolving door that has been the Valencia managerial position. Pellegrino was appointed in 2012, but was only the backup option after Villas-Boas had refused the role, as he was believed to be targeting a “better job”, and so it proved as he was hired to replace Harry Redknapp in North London.
Now, with his stock at it's lowest after failures at Chelsea and Tottenham, Villas-Boas would be lucky to land a job with the former La Liga champions, but there is a strong base of players already with the club, with Andres Guardado, Ever Banega and Sofiane Feghouli starring for the club and attracting interest from Premier League clubs in the process.
There is also a strong Portuguese influence in the dressing room, with defenders Ricardo Costa, Joao Pereira and striker Helder Postiga forming an experienced core in the team, which would hopefully aid Villas-Boas should he end up at Valencia, which could be a great role for somebody. Unai Emery was unable to take the team higher than third in the table as Barcelona and Real Madird continued their supremacy throughout his reign, and whilst the emergence of Atletico Madrid makes the task of success that much harder, somebody must be able to wake Valencia from their recent slumber.
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