Chelsea's loss, Tottenham's gain?

Former Tottenham defender Paul Miller thinks Andre Villas-Boas's determination to succeed in the Premier League will inspire him to greatness at Spurs.

UEFA C coaching licence at the age of 17

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Villas-Boas arrived at Chelsea last summer with a big reputation following an incredibly successful stint in Portugal with Porto.

However, things did not go to plan and the Portuguese tactician found himself without a job as the recently concluded season began to reach its climax in the new year. Adding further damage to Villas-Boas's reputation, the 34-year-old could only watch helplessly as his assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo took charge and steered the Blues away from mediocrity and towards their first ever UEFA Champions League crown as well as the FA Cup trophy.

At this point it seemed unlikely that Villas-Boas would land another high profile gig in England but in the summer Spurs appointed the talented Portuguese as their new manager following Harry Redknapp's departure from White Hart Lane.

And Miller believes this move will be the start of a Villas-Boas era at Spurs which could rival the impact another Portuguese coach - a certain Jose Mourinho - had when he was at Stamford Bridge.

"He's come with a good record from Portugal and he's arguably the next Jose Mourinho," Miller told talkSPORT.

"Whoever took over at Chelsea last year would have found it tough. Just look at how many players have left. Tottenham will benefit from his experience at Chelsea.

"He's hungry to do well in the Premier League after what happened to him and he wants to prove a point.

"He's not coming for the money. He's coming because he wants to prove something. I'm very positive about the appointment and I think everyone should give him a chance."

He added: "Chelsea have never appointed a mug, someone who couldn't manage," he went on to say.

"They would have done their homework thoroughly.

"Chelsea had a massive rebuilding job to do though when he took over and he always said it was a 2-3-year project.

"Because of his lack of experience he tried to do it too quickly, and upset some very senior players. When the players aren't happy and they don't want to play for you then it doesn't matter who's in charge, you don't win."

So far so good for Villas-Boas, the new man in charge has already managed to sign up goal-scoring midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson despite Liverpool's interest in the player.

There are also plans in the works to sign Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.



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