‘I will not go back’ – Former Spurs boss rules out return to the Premier League

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, has ruled out any possibility of returning to the Premier League as a manager.

The Portuguese coach had a tough time of it during his spell in the Premier League after being appointed by Chelsea in the summer of 2011 following tremendous success with Porto.

However, he lasted less than one year in charge at Stamford Bridge before being sacked by Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board.

Villas-Boas was appointed by Tottenham before the start of the next season and looked to be having a positive influence during his early days. He built up a good relationship with Gareth Bale, getting the best out of the Welshman during his first season at the club.

However, things went downhill for the Portuguese coach during the subsequent season after Bale was sold and he ended up being relieved of his duties in North London.

The 42-year-old rebuilt his reputation at Zenit Saint Petersburg and Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG and is now excelling with Marseille in Ligue 1.

However, the former Spurs boss insisted that returning to England is not on his to-do list.

Speaking to Radio Renascenca (as relayed by the Daily Mail), he said: “I will not go back there (to England). It is the championship with the most investment, the best players and teams.

“But, I like being in a league that includes different game philosophy. This is not the case in England.”

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I get the feeling that Villas-Boas’ sackings at Chelsea and Tottenham left a sour taste in his mouth. While I liked Villas-Boas very much and wanted him to succeed at Spurs, Levy’s decision to sack him when he did was correct as the performances and results weren’t showing any signs of improving.

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