* Former Porto boss signs three-year contract
* Returns to Stamford Bridge after earlier scouting role
By Mitch Phillips
LONDON, June 22 Andre Villas-Boas became the
seventh manager of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea on
Wednesday as the 33-year-old, who resigned from Porto on
Tuesday, agreed to a three-year contract at the west London
Villas-Boas, who led Porto to a domestic double as well as
winning the Europa League last season, replaces Carlo Ancelotti,
who was sacked in May after failing to win a trophy in his
second season having won the Premier League and FA Cup in his
Villas-Boas, who becomes the youngest manager in the Premier
League, moves to London after Chelsea paid 13.3 million pounds
($21.5 million) to trigger an escape clause in his contract.
"Andre was the outstanding candidate for the job," said a
statement on the Chelsea website (www.chesleafc.com).
"He is one of the most talented young managers in football
today and has already achieved much in a relatively short space
of time," the statement continued.
"His ambition, drive and determination matches that of
Chelsea and we are confident Andre's leadership of the team will
result in greater successes in major domestic and European
"Andre will bring his coaching experience back to a club he
is already very familiar with, having previously worked here for
"He has always been highly regarded at Chelsea and everyone
here looks forward to welcoming him back and working with him."
Villas-Boas worked at Chelsea as a scout under Jose
Mourinho, who left Porto seven years ago to join the Premier
Although highly-rated for his achievements at Porto, where
he brought success with style in his 20-month reign and was
unbeaten in the league last season, Chelsea initially seemed set
to return to Guus Hiddink in their search for the man to finally
bring them the Champions League after so many near-misses.
The Dutchman, who enjoyed a successful spell as caretaker
boss at Chelsea in 2008-09 and has a close relationship with
Abramovich from his days as Russia coach, is currently Turkey's
national team manager but speculation that he might still arrive
as director of football has cooled.
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins, sacked as Ancelotti's
assistant last November in a move blamed by many observers as
contributing to the team's decline through the season, welcomed
"We've had lots of older coaches come in at Stamford Bridge
and they've not done as well, so we have to give this young man
the credit for what he has done up to now," Wilkins told Sky
"Let's give the young man a chance, he's obviously done
exceptionally well. His man-management skills from what I can
read from the players he has worked with have been first-class.
"That will be required at Stamford Bridge because these are
big players, big guys, and it will be very interesting to see
how this young man goes on."
Villas-Boas, who proved a shrewd operator in the transfer
market, is likely to try to persuade Porto's Colombian striker
Falcao to follow him to Chelsea after his prolific season, which
included 17 goals in the Europa League alone.
With Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka all
vying for a starting role up front, the addition of Falcao would
give Villas-Boas formidable firepower.
(Editing by Justin Palmer; To comment on this story email
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