Former Chelsea and Spurs flop AVB confirmed as Zenit boss

AVB Alone

After a generally miserable time in England managing Chelsea and Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas is back in work with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg.

The 36-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in December, and despite being linked with a move to Turkey with Trabzonspor, the former Porto manager now makes his return to football by moving to Zenit, who sit second in the Russian Premier League table, just three points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow with nine games to play.

After splashing out large amounts of money for the likes of Danny, Axel Witsel and Hulk, owners Gazprom are now expecting progress not only in Russia but in Europe too, after Zenit crashed out of the Champions League with a 5-4 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Previous manager Luciano Spalletti was dismissed after Lokomotiv leapfrogged Zenit into first place, and Villas-Boas says the he is looking forward to the challenge ahead of him.

“I want to do the same for your team as Peter the Great did for Saint Petersburg,” Villas-Boas said, referring to the city's founder. “It is a fantastic city,” he added upon his arrival.

“I saw the big ambitions of the leadership in the shape of Gazprom,” Villas-Boas said. “I was happy to be invited as it is in line with my goals and my ambitions. I hope to achieve good results with Zenit,” he added.

After short and ultimately unsuccessful stints in England, Villas-Boas now needs to have some stability in his career, and whilst Zenit appears to be another dangerous situation to walk into, the man known as AVB is still only 36 and has a chance to rebuild his reputation in Russia.

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