LONDON/PARIS: Andre Villas-Boas rebuilt his reputation so impressively at Tottenham this past season that he is being considered by Paris Saint-Germain as successor to Carlo Ancelotti.
Villas-Boas guided Porto to an unbeaten treble in 2011 and was handed the job of rejuvenating Chelsea after the departure of Italian Ancelotti.
A mixture of complications hampered the 35-year-old’s work and he was sacked in midseason. Tottenham then offered him a route back into the Premier League last summer after parting company with Harry Redknapp.
Villas-Boas reconstructed Spurs only for old failings to see a form slippage which, despite a club points record, allowed Arsenal to pip them to fourth place and Champions League access.
Villas-Boas, at least, had earned the respect of many critics of his original appointment to such effect that he has caught the eye of PSG president Nasser El-Khelaifi and his advisers.
Qatar-backed PSG are one of the richest clubs in the world and have the finances and transfer funds to attract a top manager though not necessarily keep one as the likely departure of Ancelotti toMadrid in succession to Jose Mourinho has shown.
Ancelotti has long been admired by Madrid president Florentino Perez and has told PSG he wants to go there although the French league title win triggered a one-year extension option in his contract. PSG and Madrid must still resolve compensation.
Old Madrid hero Carlos Santillana believes Ancelotti would be well suited to the challenge of the Estadio Bernabeu.
The club’s third all-time top scorer told the Spanish media: “Ancelotti is the perfect coach because he can deal with the players and bring peace to the dressing room. It’s important to have a good, well-balanced squad. A good coach cannot make an average squad great, but a great squad can make a coach great.”
** Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv have appointed Portuguese Paulo Sousa as coach in succession to Spaniard Oscar Garcia. Sousa, 42, will work under former Holland forward Jordi Cruyff, the son of Johan and Maccabi’s general manager.
Sousa formerly managed Queens Park Rangers, Swansea, Leicester City and Videoton with whom he won the Hungarian league cup.