An­dre Vil­las-Boas ‘blinded’ by Mour­inho

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY JACK DE MENEZES

FOR­MER Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham man­ager An­dre Vil­las-Boas was so “in love” with Jose Mour­inho’s skills as a man­ager that he be­came blinded by him when he started his own coach­ing ca­reer.

Vil­las-Boas, a free agent af­ter leav­ing Zenit St Peters­burg this sum­mer, worked with Mour­inho at both Porto and Chelsea be­fore fol­low­ing in his foot­steps as a head coach.

Af­ter mak­ing his man­age­rial de­but at Por­tuguese side Aca­dem­ica, Vil­lasBoas took up roles with Porto, Chelsea and Spurs be­fore end­ing up in Rus­sia.

But while the cur­rent Manch­ester United man­ager Mour­inho has en­joyed phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess in the Pre­mier League, Vil­las-Boas can­not boast the same record, and he re­vealed on Tues­day that his de­ter­mi­na­tion to be just like Mour­inho had an im­pact on his later ca­reer.

Speak­ing at the ASPIRE4SPORT and As­pire Academy Global Sum­mit in Am­s­ter­dam, Vil­las-Boas said: “In my for­ma­tive mo­ments, work­ing with Jose was the best time of my life. I was able to learn to many things and work­ing with him takes you to an­other level.

“You fall in love with him and he be­comes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know ev­ery­thing that he knew and ab­sorb all the in­for­ma­tion he was giv­ing.

“Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you re­alise that you’ve been blinded by some­one. He has this fas­ci­nat­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of get­ting the best out of you, which has good or bad con­se­quences for peo­ple.

“My con­se­quences were that as a re­sult of the ar­gu­ment or dis­agree­ment we had, I started my coach­ing ca­reer.”

Vil­las-Boas was crit­i­cised dur­ing his ill-fated time at Stam­ford Bridge as he lost the sup­port of the dress­ing room – some­thing that would even­tu­ally strike Mour­inho be­fore his sack­ing last sea­son – but the Por­tuguese has ad­mit­ted that his big break­through came too soon in his ca­reer.

“The Chelsea ex­pe­ri­ence was too much too soon,” he added. “I wasn’t flex­i­ble as a man­ager at that time. I was com­mu­nica­tive, but I wasn’t flex­i­ble in my ap­proach. At Tot­ten­ham I learnt to be dif­fer­ent.”

Although Vil­las-Boas en­joyed a more suc­cess­ful time at White Hart Lane, he was still sacked by Spurs chair­man Daniel Levy in 2013 that paved the way for his move to Rus­sia to join Zenit, where he se­cured the Rus­sian Pre­mier League ti­tle in 2014/15 and the Rus­sian Cup last sea­son in his fi­nal match in charge of the club. – The Independent

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