Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas celebrates winning his first Russian Premier League title

AVB Alone

The Portuguese manager left Spurs back in 2013.

When Daniel Levy decided to sack Andre Villas-Boas in December 2013 it did not come as a surprise.

They had just lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool, at the time not a Premier League title freight train, and he had also become increasingly detached from the Spurs fans.

In reality it was a decision that had to be made.

The Portuguese boss was installed as the new Zenit St Petersburg manager last March - taking over from the sacked Luciano Spaletti at the mega-rich club.

He has been a hit in Russia and today he picked up his first silverware with the club.

Zenit drew 1-1 with FC Ufa, a result which proved enough to win the Russian Premier League.

Last year, despite breaking the Russian record for best start to a managerial career, AVB failed to pick up the trophy on the final day of the season. This term there have been no such problems, leading Zenit to the title with two games remaining.

It is his first piece of silverware since lifting the UEFA Europa League back in 2011.

The former Tottenham boss appears to have landed on his feet since exiting White Hart Lane.

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