DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18: FC Porto Head Coach, Andre Villas Boas smiles during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Andre Villas-Boas Officially Named New Chelsea Manager

Andre Villas-Boas has completed a move to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea complete a successful pursuit of the Porto manager, meeting a €15M release clause in his contract.

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Chelsea Confirms Andre Villas-Boas As New Manager

Chelsea have confirmed that Andre Villas-Boas will be the club's new manager, one day after he quit the same post at Porto so he could take over the Blues. The 33-year-old replaces Carlo Ancelotti and has accepted the job with with a three-year contract.

It is incredible that such a young manager is taking over one of the world's biggest clubs, but Villas-Boas is already amazingly accomplished. It also gives the club the opportunity to beging building a new team for a new era after spending the last several years trying to stretch what they could out of the squad build by Jose Mourinho, who also joined the Blues as the next great young manager from Porto seven years ago.

Villas-Boas is a Mourinho prodige, having worked under him at Porto, then at Chelsea and Internazionale before getting the opportunity to manage his own club. Now Chelsea is bringing Villa-Boas back to the club where he was an assistant for three years.

A Chelsea statement said: "Andre was the outstanding candidate for the job. He is one of the most talented young managers in football today and has already achieved much in a relatively short space of time. 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 competitions.

"Andre will bring his coaching experience back to a club he is already very familiar with, having previously worked here for three years. He has always been highly regarded at Chelsea and everyone here looks forward to welcoming him back and working with him."

Reports have indicated that Chelsea are paying Porto £13.3 million in compensation for Villas-Boas, who emerged as one of the top young managers in the world at Porto. Last season he won the Portuguese Primera title, the Portuguese Cup and the Europa League, becoming the youngest manager to ever win a European title.

It is expected that he will bring several members of his staff with him to Chelsea and possibly even some players as well. Porto's leading scorer last season, Radamel Falcao, who also set a new record for goals in a European competition, has already been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

For more on Andre Villas Boas' appointment, see SB Nation's Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History.

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FC Porto Name Vitor Pereira Manager, Replacing Andre Villas Boas

With Andre Villas Boas departing after Chelsea FC reportedly paid his massive release fee, FC Porto have worked quickly to appoint a new manager, handing over the job to Vitor Pereira, who was an assistant under Villas Boas. An official statement from FC Porto can be found here. The release states:

Vítor Pereira é o novo treinador do FC Porto, tendo assinado um contrato válido por duas épocas, iniciando funções de imediato.

O presidente Pinto da Costa fará o anúncio oficial às 18:00, em conferência de imprensa no Estádio do Dragão.

Paralelamente, já foi depositado o montante relativo à cláusula de rescisão do contrato de trabalho de André Villas-Boas.

Roughly translated, the release states that Pereira has signed a two-year contract, that he will become manager with immediate effect, that the move was made after Porto received the fee required for the release of Villas Boas, and that the hiring will be officially announced during a press conference at Estadio do Dragao.

Our friends at PortuGOAL.net provide some background on Pereira, about whom information in English is limited, and that's being generous. It's more or less non-existent, except for these guys.

Vitor Pereia only joined Porto as assistant to AVB last summer. Before that was head coach of 2nd-tier side Santa Clara. 42 years old.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Stick with this StoryStream for more information on the FC Porto/Chelsea FC/Andre Villas Boas manager shuffle.

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Andre Villas Boas' Hiring Indicates Roman Abramovich Had A Plan For Chelsea FC All Along

Though Chelsea FC have not yet made an announcement, it appears that Andre Villas Boas will be the club's next manager. Roman Abramovich knows what he's doing now, and he knew what he was doing all along.

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Andre Villas Boas Resigns From Role As Porto Boss

Update: FC Porto have released a statement confirming and accepting Villas Boas' resignation, contingent on receiving the €15M payment to trigger his release clause.

Andre Villas Boas' representatives have informed the Portuguese official news agency that the manager has resigned from his position as Porto manager, agreeing to pay the €15m clause himself.

The highly-rated coach, who is the youngest manager ever to win a European trophy, has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the English Premier League, and it seems all but certain that the deal will go ahead.

It is an interesting move, not least because of Villas-Boas' reputation as 'the new Jose Mourinho', due to his Porto links and previous working relationship with his former mentor, who led Chelsea to two consecutive league titles in 2005 and 2006 before leaving the London club after a dispute with owner Roman Abramovich.

Given that one and a half years appears to be the average lifespan of a Chelsea coach, it will be interesting to see whether the notoriously trigger-happy Abramovich will be more patient with a manager so young and who had such a large release fee, should he fail to bring the success that is craved by the Russian billionaire. With Ancelotti unceremoniously sacked after leading his club to a double and second-placed finish over two years, standards are high at the Blues, and the fans as well as Abramovich will be hoping that Villas-Boas is the man to lead them to a Champions League trophy, the one prize that has eluded them since the Russian's takeover.

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Andre Villas Boas Is The Right Man For Chelsea FC - We Ain't Got No History

Since Jose Mourinho departed Chelsea FC, the team has been in a long state of limbo. Yes, they have a Premier League title under their belts, but they're still a team in a long transitional period. After investing a great deal of money in the squad, Roman Abramovich looked for short-term fixes that could get results with the team he built. Now, those stars that made up Chelsea's best generation are starting to fade off into the sunset, and they need to rebuild.

Enter Andre Villas Boas. The current Porto manager lead his team to an impressive treble last season, and his acumen in the transfer window has been nothing short of spectacular. He's the kind of young, up and coming manager that a big club could hire to lead a long-term rebuilding process, and that's just what SB Nation's Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History has in mind.

Villas Boas represents the next generation of this Chelsea team, a changing of the guard more than just another man on the merry-go-round. The last few years of managers have essentially been an attempt to squeeze more trophies out of the team that Jose Mourinho built, and the idea has been very different. Win, and win now. Avram Grant was only ever temporary, Phil Scolari was an unmitigated disaster, and Carlo Ancelotti simply was not suited to turn the team over to the youth movement.

Bringing in Villas Boas probably also means buying a few new young players, and it's likely good news for Josh McEachran and other up and coming youngsters in the Chelsea system. This appears to be the dawning of a new day for Chelsea, and many fans seem to be welcoming their potential new boss.

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Andre Villas Boas On Verge Of Chelsea Move

There's some interesting news breaking out of Portugal as rumours swirl that Andre Villas Boas is either on the verge of leaving Porto for the Chelsea job or has already done so, with Chelsea buying the 33-year-old out of his €15M release clause and luring him away from the Dragao with a contract offer reported to be in the area of €5M a year.

The presence of a release clause means that Porto have very little say in the matter - Chelsea merely needed to persuade Villas Boas to move to Stamford Bridge rather than negotiate with the Primeira Liga club, something that president Pinto da Costa mournfully disclosed on Monday morning:

Villas Boas has a contract and a clause of €15million. If someone deposits €15million into our account and he wants to go, we can not do anything because it is something that is contractually specified.

It sounds like Chelsea's hunt for a manager may finally be coming to a close more than a month after firing second-year coach Carlo Ancelotti following a miserable season with the Blues.

For more on the Andre Villas Boas story and all things Chelsea, check out SB Nation's Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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