Next Chelsea Manager Betting Suspended Following Andre Villas Boas Rumoursby Mick Bates / 20 June 2011, 15:52Tweet
Andre Villas Boas has become the new favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager Betting following the emergence of reports from a Portuguese news agency linking him with the vacancy. The claims sparked a flurry of rumours as bookmakers dramatically slashed his odds before suspended betting altogether. The Porto coach has a release clause in his contract of around £13m, which shouldn't be much trouble for the free-spending Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with the club expected to make an announcement in the next few days.
Chelsea have been on the prowl for a new manager ever since Ancelotti was sacked at the end of the 2010/11 season due to his failure to win any silverware. They have since been linked with a number of candidates, including, Turkey boss Hiddink, Villas-Boas, Harry Redknapp and Mark Hughes. The latest news comes as a huge shock as Chelsea were widely expected to appoint Guus Hiddink as manager this week after a month of heavy speculation but, it now appears the tides have turned and that Villas Boas is now the man set to take over at Stamford Bridge. The 33-year-old shot to fame last season due to his remarkable exploits with treble winning Porto. The Portuguese giants not only romped to victory in the league but tasted success in the Europa League and Portuguese cup.
Villas Boas has drawn numerous comparisons with Jose Mourinho, with whom he has worked under at Inter Milan and Chelsea. The media have thus dubbed him "the next Mourinho" due to his confidence, vast knowledge of football and his pragmatic approach to the game. However, he is keen to distance himself from these comparisons and carve out his own identity. If he does in fact make the move to Chelsea it will be interesting to see how much time Abramovich gives him to make an impact, and judging on recent durations it is not a long time at all. It could therefore be a risky career move for the coach but one that is sure to raise his profile, good or bad.