Blues legend changes his tune about new boss

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Former Chelsea favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed the managerial appointment of Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge.

The 39-year-old former Dutch international admitted to being initially surprised at the decision to chase down the then Porto boss, but now believes he's the right man for the job.

"Initially the appointment was a surprise but obviously he has impressed Abramovich — and that's not easy to do. I think it's a very, very good appointment and it's very refreshing because of his age. It's exactly what Chelsea need at this time," Hasslebaink told The Sun.

"If he's going to be given time, I'm not worried about his lack of experience at all. He knows what he's getting himself into and he's had a magnificent season with Porto, so the experience bit is not a big issue."

The former Atletico Madrid star was also quick to play down comparisons between the new manager and 'special one' Jose Mourinho, despite the obvious similarities between the pair.

"The comparison will add to the pressure on his shoulders but it's up to him to put that to bed straight away — and I know he's not the same person as Mourinho," he continued.

"Yes, he is only 33, but I think we should look at him just as a man on his own. He is a different manager, a different individual, so just give him a chance to succeed."


Age has been cited as a possible issue in some quarters, with Villas-Boas becoming the youngest manager in the top flight and third most junior in all of English football.

However, Hasselbaink believes the players must quickly get over the issue, and give their best for the boss irrespective of his junior years.

"Villas-Boas is the boss and it doesn't matter what his age is. "I don't think they'll have a choice, they'll just have to do their best for the team and for the club."

"As a player you have to respect that and remember that you're working for the club."

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