Former Chelsea and Tottenham Manager turned Rally Car driver Andre Villas-Boas in shock Real Madrid linkby Jack Kitson / 11 June 2018, 19:43Tweet
Just when it looked like Guti to Real Madrid was pretty much done and dusted, a surprise name has just burst into the frame for the Bernabeu job.
It’s Andre Villas-Boas (AVB)!
Spanish publication Marca reports that Real Madrid have sounded out the manager turned Rally Car driver who is believed to be interested in a return to management.
It's remarkable to think that AVB is only 40 years of age, considering he's already overseen six clubs in Portugal, England, Russia and even China.
But now he could be on the cusp of adding Spain to the list of countries he’s managed in.
So, what has he achieved in the managerial arena to date?
After catching the eye at Academica, he then bagged the Porto job and led the club to a remarkable quadruple in his one and only season in charge.
The Portuguese coach landed the Chelsea job at the age of just 33, but nine months later he'd been sent packing, with his replacement - Roberto Di Matteo - going on to win the Champions League and FA Cup double.
At Tottenham he finished 5th in his only full season, while he then ventured off to Russia where he won three trophies in two years at Zenit Saint Petersburg, including the Russian Premier League title.
He most recently spent a year in China at Shanghai SIPG, and has since been involved in a couple of off-road rally events.
It's difficult to know what on earth is going on in Real Madrid's search for a new boss, but at the time of writing Guti remains the odds-on favourite to make the step-up from the youth team.
Next up is Chelsea's Antonio Conte at 9/1, Spain manager Julen Lopetegui is an 11/1 shot, whereas AVB can be backed at 12/1 with Paddy Power.
Stay tuned for more twists and turns...
AVB's rally debut didn't quite go to plan...
Former Chelsea & Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has withdrawn from the Dakar Rally after he was taken to hospital with a back injury he suffered in the 4th stage. pic.twitter.com/7nKm6CuDG8— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 10, 2018