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03 Jul 2012 18:17:18

Villas-Boas to take Spurs forward

Andre Villas-Boas is "privileged" to become Tottenham head coach and foresees a bright future for the north Londoners.

Weeks of speculation were ended on Tuesday when the Portuguese was named as successor to Harry Redknapp, who left White Hart Lane last month. Villas-Boas has penned a deal until 2015 with Spurs, where the 34-year-old will be hoping to make a bigger and better impact than he did during his ill-fated spell with Chelsea.

"Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world," Villas-Boas told the club's official website. "I feel privileged to be its coach. For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League."

He added: "I have had several discussions with the chairman and the board and I share their vision for the future progress of the club.

"This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."

Villas-Boas has been amongst the favourites throughout Spurs' hunt for a new manager despite his torrid time at Stamford Bridge. His spell in west London was dogged by claims of player unrest as his side struggled to reach expectations, resulting in his March departure.

Roberto Di Matteo's subsequent success raised further questions over his managerial ability, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has no doubts that Villas-Boas is the best man for job.

"I am delighted that Andre has agreed to become our new head coach," he said of Villas-Boas, who brings with him first-team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and head of opposition scouting Daniel Sousa.

"He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organised teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style.

"Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent, and he will be able to do so now at a new world class training centre."


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