Villas-Boas retires from management
The Portuguese wants to pursue other interests
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has shockingly decided to retire from football management – effective immediately.
Villas-Boas said: “My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things.”
“I have been in football since age 21 and frankly, I am drained. I am not Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger and I cannot coach for 20-25 years.”
The former Porto boss wants to venture into racing, with his sights set on competing in the Dakar Rally.
“To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do. It went from a passion to an obligation, a destination of life, but I could only do it if I left football. So that’s why I have decided to retire.”
Villas-Boas won a treble with Porto, lifting the Portuguese title, the ¬domestic cup and the Europa League, before arriving in England to manage Chelsea and Spurs.
“I am proud of my career.” he stated. “I have played good football with the teams that I have managed and it is this recognition that fulfills me.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy spoke to the press after Villas-Boas’ announcement.
“It’s a shame that Andre has decided to retire because he is the best young manager in world football. It’s been a pleasure to work with him and Tottenham would like to wish him the best of luck for his future.”
But Levy insisted that Tottenham will not be affected by Villas-Boas’ retirement.
“We will begin the search for our new manager immediately. Our plans for next season will not be changed and we want to accomplish the targets we set for ourselves and that will not change – with or without Andre.”
So far, the managerial shortlist is pretty short, with Marcelo Lippi – who recently quit Chinese club Guangzhou – joining Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, Argentine Marcelo Bielsa and Swansea manager Michael Laudrup as the handful of potential managers. However, Spurs still have time to choose before the next season, and the shortlist is certain to become larger.