4 Jul 2012

Villas-Boas named new Tottenham coach

6:44 am on 4 July 2012

The former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been confirmed as the new manager of the Tottenham football club following the shock departure of Harry Redknapp last month.

The appointment marks a dramatic return to the English Premier League for Portugese Villas-Boas, who was fired as manager of Chelsea in March just eight months into a three-year contract.

Villas-Boas's ill-fated reign at Stamford Bridge ended in dismissal after months of unrest behind the scenes, with rumours of player mutinies and a breakdown in relations with the manager.

However the 34-year-old - who arrived at Chelsea after a stellar quadruple-winning season with Porto - has successfully convinced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that he is the best man to build on Redknapp's legacy.

Villas-Boas's priority will be aiming to restore Tottenham to the Champions League after their agonising near-miss last season.