Tottenham Hires Villas-Boas as Manager to Succeed Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur hired Andre Villas-Boas as manager to succeed Harry Redknapp, the English Premier League soccer club said.

Villas-Boas, 34, joins Spurs on a three-year contract, four months after being fired by Chelsea. Tottenham didn’t disclose financial terms in an announcement on its website. The Sun reported yesterday he would earn about 4 million pounds ($6.2 million) per season.

“He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organized teams,” Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy said. “Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent.”

Villas-Boas joins a club that finished fourth last season, though missed out on next season’s Champions League because London rival Chelsea won Europe’s elite club competition in May to take England’s fourth spot in the tournament.

Redknapp, 65, left Tottenham last month after almost four years in charge. He took over Spurs when they were bottom of the Premier League in October 2008 and led the club to finishes of eighth, fourth and fifth in his first three seasons.

“This is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League,” Villas-Boas said. “This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead.”

Redknapp was the bookmakers’ favorite to get the England manager’s job after Fabio Capello quit in February and Spurs’ league form stuttered amid the speculation. Roy Hodgson was appointed to the national post at the start of May.

Redknapp had a year remaining on his Tottenham contract, and left after talks on a new agreement broke down, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Eight Months

Chelsea fired Villas-Boas on March 4 after eight months in charge as the team fell back in the race for the final Champions League berth following a run of three wins in 12 games.

The Blues went on to win the European Cup last season under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, who was appointed on a permanent basis June 13. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout in the May 19 final at their opponent’s home stadium.

Villas-Boas will give up 10.8 million pounds of severance pay by taking the Tottenham job, the Sun reported. Chelsea has been paying him 100,000 pounds a week until he got a new job and he will be forced to give up payments for a further 25 months after he takes up his new position, the newspaper added.

Villas-Boas had joined Chelsea after winning the second-tier Europa League in 2011 in his first season at Porto, along with Portugal’s domestic league and cup.

Villas-Boas never played soccer professionally, and got coaching qualifications when he was 17. Former England national coach Bobby Robson picked him to work with Porto’s youth-team coaches, and then Villas-Boas joined the staff of Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

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