It’s unlikely you’ll see Andre Villas-Boas down the job centre on Tottenham’s High Road this week, but the manager will soon have to begin his search for employment somewhere.
After losing his position at Spurs on Monday, Villas-Boas might struggle to attract offers because clubs may not want to take a risk on the young manager following his struggles with successive sides in London.
The 36-year-old might choose to spend time away from England for the sake of his reputation after two failures at Chelsea and Spurs. Villas-Boas may also wish to spend some quality time with his wife Joana and two young daughters, Benedita and Carolina.
The Portuguese also enjoys indulging in motorbikes and vintage cars and needs something to spend his £4million pay-off from Spurs (plus a further £12 million from Chelsea) on.
On the other hand, with managerial vacancies popping up rather quickly across the continent, he could find himself on a new shortlist very soon.
One option could see Villas-Boas slot straight back into a job in Spain, after Valencia sacked Miroslav Djukic on the same day as AVB’s own departure.
Valencia sit ninth in La Liga and ten points off the all-important Champions League places.
Whilst Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are battling for the title, Valencia are in the fight to become the best of the rest and secure the final Champions league spot.
The Spanish side are rich in European experience, having made the Champions League final twice in 2000 and 2001 whilst winning the UEFA Cup in 2004 under Rafael Benitez.
The vacancy looks ideal for a man who needs a fresh start and Villas-Boas could begin to build his new side in the January transfer window.
Another option is to take a step down a league and bring a club up to the Premier League. If successful it would massively improve AVB’S reputation.
Harry Redknapp, Villas-Boas’ predecessor at Spurs, is attempting to achieve this at QPR and it seems Championship jobs pop up almost every week.
It’s clear the Portuguese manager wants to go it alone after serving as a scout and coach under Jose Mourinho and is unlikely to return to an assistant role.
A homecoming to Portugal would allow AVB a return to the land where his reputation was forged.
Villas-Boas began his managerial career at Academica before moving to Porto. He led the “Dragoes” to a league and cup double and the Europa League title in 2011, all in an unprecedented unbeaten season.
The manager is still a Porto man at heart and is very popular in his homeland, but current boss Paulo Fonseca will be unmoved by the love-in. If Villas-Boas were to return, he may have to wait until he can call the club his home again.
Villas-Boas has one further option: a sabbatical year out.
Pep Guardiola chose to have a break for the 2012/13 season after departing from Camp Nou and this could be ideal AVB because it might be a dangerous move to rush into another job with no guarantees.
Villas-Boas had a rocky ride in the Premier League but you feel the manager’s youth will allow him to bounce back and prove Roman Abramovich and Daniel Levy wrong.
But it would be wise for Villas-Boas to take his time, breath, spend time with his family and come back even stronger.
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