Villas-Boas would rather manage in JAPAN than the Premier League again

Andre Villas-Boas says he would rather manage in JAPAN than return to the Premier League after being sacked by Chelsea and Tottenham as he would prefer to ‘discover Japanese culture’

  • Andre Villas-Boas has insisted he has no interest in returning to England one day
  • The Portuguese manager had unsuccessful spells at Chelsea and Tottenham
  • He is now at Marseille and qualified for the Champions League next season
  • When the Ligue 1 season was cancelled, Marseille were awarded second place 

Andre Villas-Boas has claimed he would like to take his managerial career to Japan next, rather than return to England after his frustrating spells at both Chelsea and Tottenham.

The Marseille manager arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2011 after winning the Portuguese league, cup and Europa League with Porto the season before.

But his time at Chelsea lasted just nine months and he was sacked in March 2012 with the Blues lying fifth in the table.

Andre Villas-Boas insists he would rather manage in Japan than the Premier League again

He went on to become the new boss of Spurs that summer but missed out on the top four on the final day of his first season.

Gareth Bale then left the club and Spurs invested the money from that sale in a number of poor signings. His second campaign was also a poor one and the club relieved him of his duties in December 2013.

Villas-Boas is trying to salvage his managerial career in France but has insisted there is no chance of a return to England in the future and would prefer another spell in Asia, after managing China’s Shanghai SIPG. 

‘I have already said that they’re more likely to see me at the Dakar Rally (Villas-Boas took part in 2018) than back in the Premier League or anywhere else,’ Villas-Boas told RMC.

‘Geographically, I’d like to do Japan. I want to discover Japanese culture and Japanese football.’ 

He arrived at Chelsea with a great reputation in 2011 but struggled at Stamford Bridge

Villas-Boas then went to Spurs but was sacked after he failed to replaced Gareth Bale properly

The decision to halt the French football season and the method used to devise a final league table ensured Marseille finished second and clinched a return to the Champions League. 

But Villas-Boas wants to meet with the club owners and hierarchy to discuss plans for the future, insisting he is happy in Ligue 1 but only if the club will back him in the transfer market this summer.

‘The most important thing, for me, is to understand what will happen in the structure,’ he added.

‘I have to understand more or less who will be alongside me. We need and want to have the power to make decisions.

‘I’m doing well at Marseille, I don’t want to look for other clubs or options. I want to play the Champions League with Marseille, but I want to know but how economically dependent we are. If we are unable to do a good job, I think it is not worth it.

‘It’s important that we, alongside the sporting director, have the opportunity to have a transfer window of quality transfers, under not the best conditions, but that will allow us to be competitive. We are not naive enough to forget the economic situation of the club.’

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