The Daily Star has reported that former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is close to taking over as AC Milan manager.
The rumours of Portuguese manager Andre Villa-Boas becoming the successor to Massimiliano Allegri's throne aren't new, but according to recent reports in the Daily Star the deal looks like it could be imminent.
It's fair to say that life in England wasn't kind to Andre Villas-Boas and you could argue that he was treated quite harshly during his two managerial stints in London. He was sacked during two very distinct 'transitional' periods and if given more time, who knows what may have been.
In Portugal, I doubt they will see the manager anything other than a genius. He left a comfortable position under Jose Mourinho to pursue a career in management and unlike a lot of top coaches, he had to prove himself before he got a chance at a big club.
When he took over as manager at Academica in October 2009, they were a side struggling at the bottom of the league without a win. He rejuvenated the side in ways that no one could have imagined, turning them into one of the most attractive footballing sides in the division and steering them 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
The hard work and tactical ability on show at Academica saw him get the job at Porto, and it was there his reputation really took off. In just one year at Porto the youthful Villa-Boas won 49 out of his 58 games, leaving him with an incredible 84.48 win percentage. The best of any manager (that managed more than 20 games) in their entire history and this was enough to see him claim the four major trophies that season.
A lover of the English game, it was incredibly hard for Villa-Boas to turn down the managerial job at Chelsea, who had to pay a staggering £13.3m for his services. Unfortunately this was where the Portuguese first learned that English football is not known for it's patience. He attempted to rejuvenate the Chelsea squad but failed, lasting just 40 games but still upholding a win percentage of a respectable 47.5%.
Tottenham saw an opportunity and thought they could capitalise on Chelsea's short tempered attitude towards the tactician. But once again, it ended in Villa Boas being fired. Despite having the highest win percentage of any Spurs manager since the 1940s. And perhaps he should have been given more time to prove at White Hart Lane, even if it was until the end of the season.
I genuinely believe that there are few better managers in world football, and even less tacticians. It will take a crystal ball to conclusively say what the future holds for Villa-Boas, but I believe Tottenham's loss could potentially be Milan's gain. What he will make of Mario Balotelli however, remains to be seen...
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