Andre Villas-Boas, the highly-rated young Portugese manager who guided Porto to a historic treble last season – securing the Liga Sagres title without succumbing to defeat, winning the Portugese Cup and the Europa League – has tendered his resignation and will have his contract ripped up once his release clause (€15m) has been paid.
The Portugese club announced to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission today that the 33-year-old had resigned from his position as manager, and Villas-Boas now looks set to become the new manager of Chelsea.
“FC Porto was today notified of the intention of Andre Villas-Boas to resign from his contract with the club by triggering the release clause immediately,” read the club’s official statement.
“The contract will be terminated once the required amount is paid.”
The West London club have been looking for a new manager for over a month, having fired Carlo Ancelotti on the final day of the season, and Roman Abramovich is ready to pay the clause in Villas-Boas contract to return the Portugese to Stamford Bridge, having worked as a scout during the highly successful tenure of Jose Mourinho. Villas Boas detailed scouting reports on opposing sides and their players, made him a highly-respected figure within both the dressing-room and the boardroom, and he was a vital part of Mourinho’s backroom staff.
Villas-Boas followed Mourinho to Internazionale to continue his education as a scout, before leaving in October 2009, to take-over as manager of lowly Academica, who were struggling and winless in their fight against relegation. By the end of the season, Villas-Boas had lead them to safety and an 11th place finish, before moving to Porto last summer. In his only season at the Estadio Dragao, he steered them to two cups and an unbeaten league season, only the second side in Portugal to ever achieve the feat – Benfica in 1972-73 being the first.
Talks between Villas-Boas and Chelsea owner Abramovich are already believed to have begun, and Chelsea hope to have him in place by Friday, so as they can begin their preparations for the new season as soon as possible.