This looks to be a busy weekend at The Lane with the rumour mill in full flow. The most obvious is that of the immenent appointment of Andre Villas-Boas. According to most reports, a three year contract is all agreed with the only delay being a clause from Chelsea meaning AVB cannot sign a new deal until the 1st of July.
On AVB, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about him replacing Harry. His previous attempt at managing a Premiership side didn’t fill me with confidence, but then again, if he’s a success at spurs, then we’ll find a way of rubbing it in Chelsea’s face, which is always fun. But seriously, if we look beyond Chelsea back to Porto then the whole thing looks far more tempting. AVB won the Primeira Liga by more than 20 points whilst at the same time winning the Portuguese Cup and the Uefa Cup. It was surely that treble in his first season in charge that caught the eye of Mr Abramovich. So I think maybe we should look beyond his days at Chelsea and see if he can replicate his work at Porto.
Porto…since yesterday AVB has already been linked with a host of players, most notably Porto’s Joao Moutinho. The fee being guessed at is in the region of £32m which is nearly double the £16.5m we blew on Darren Bent. Something about this transfer makes a lot of sense to me, so I’m not sure it’s just rumour. Firstly you can’t ignore the link between player and manager considering Moutinho made 53 appearances for AVB during his one season in charge. And as Luka (it pains) is looking more and more likely to be leaving, it fits that we could afford the Portugal midfielder.
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