Villas-Boas takes over as Spurs coach

Tottenham Hotspur's new coach André Villas-Boas. (Clive Mason, Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur's new coach André Villas-Boas. (Clive Mason, Getty Images)

"The club is delighted to announce André Villas-Boas as head coach," Spurs confirmed on their official Twitter feed following days of speculation concerning the Portuguese coach.

The appointment marks a dramatic return to the English Premier League for 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.

But the 34-year-old – who arrived at Chelsea after a stellar quadruple-winning season with Porto – has successfully convinced Spurs chairperson 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.

Despite finishing fourth, Spurs were bumped out of the Champions League after Chelsea recovered from the dismissal of Villas-Boas to win the title in Munich. – AFP

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