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As much as I was already looking forward to the start of the season, “AVB” coming in as gaffer has triggered that even more. I quite simply just have a great feeling about Chelsea’s choice.
Give Me Football published a neat article today entitled, “10 Fascinating Facts About Andre Villas-Boas.” These are:
1. He was born on October 17, 1977 and he is the youngest ever manager to win a major European trophy.
2. At the age of 17, the staunch Porto fan Boas confronted former Porto coach Sir Bobby Robson (who was then living in the same apartment block as him) with a dossier of why his favourite player Domingos Paciencia was not in the side. Robson was so impressed he invited Boas to join the club’s observation department.
3. He achieved his coaching licence in Scotland at the age of 17, admitting: “I only revealed to them my true age at the end of the course.”
4. His grandmother is English; one of the reasons why he speaks the language flawlessly.
5. He had a short stint as the national coach of the British Virgin Island team (at the age of 21) before joining Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff at Porto.
6. Boas followed Mourinho to both Chelsea and Inter Milan and the ‘Special One’ described him as ‘my eyes and ears’.
7. He parted company with Mourinho in 2009 to take over as coach of relegation-threatened Acaademica de Coimbra, guiding them 11 points clear of safety and also reaching the semi final of the Portuguese Cup.
8. He’s been married to wife Joana Teixeira since 2004; the couple has 2 daughters.
9. Porto’s Brazilian striker Hulk said of Boas, “He is a great coach and a good person. He is only young but has absolute control of what happens in the team. He has a lot of authority and truly knows what he is saying and doing.”
10. He took the Porto job last summer and achieved the following records in his first season in charge:
a. The youngest manager to win a European trophy – aged 33 and 213 days
b. The record for the most matches unbeaten in all competitions (36)
c. The most in wins in Europe in one season by a Portuguese club (14)
d. The most points in a Portuguese 30-game season (84)
e. The highest number of consecutive wins in the Portuguese league (16)
f. The biggest margin over the second-placed team (21)
g. Only the second team to win the Portuguese league without being defeated
With stats like that, how can we not be anticipating great things? My only hope is that AVB is given an ample opportunity to settle in to his new role and the authority to do what is best for the players’ performance and success. I imagine that Roman Abramovich has high expectations of his new manager but if miracles don’t happen “overnight” my wish would be that the club (and my fellow supporters alike) have patience. I understand how hard that can be and recognize that all eyes will be on AVB and Chelsea, but I also feel that, like with the signing of Fernando Torres, this new change make take a little while to “gel.” It doesn’t mean that the club or the person in question isn’t great, but good things can take time. And yes, I respect that football doesn’t always function that way.
I don't normally post on other team boards, but I do think this is a brilliant signing for you. The game has clearly changed and young coaches are making their mark - Mourinho, Guardiola, and now Villas-Boas. I think the days of the guy old enough to be the players' father are numbered. I only wish our board was as foresighted to get rid of the business-savvy Wenger and appoint a young, ambitious coach.