The Portuguese coach is to take over at Zenit.
Zenit St. Petersburg have announced that Andre Villas-Boas will be their new manager despite having been sacked from his previous two positions at Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach has signed a two-year deal with the Russian club and will succeed the recently fired Luciano Spalletti.
AVB enjoyed success in his first job at FC Porto in 2010/11, winning both the Primeira Liga and the Europa League, before the Blues snapped up the young boss.
However, the 36-year-old’s tenure at Stamford Bridge was short-lived after a disappointing start to life in England and Villas-Boas was axed before that first season was up.
The former Porto man then took over at Spurs and enjoyed a decent first campaign – largely helped by the form of Gareth Bale – and lost out on the Champions League places by a single point to north London rivals Arsenal in 2012/13.
However, after spending huge sums in the transfer market Villas-Boas was sacked for a second time in December 2013 and replaced by Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane.
Having now been given another high profile post at Zenit, there has been a mixed reaction on Twitter to the news.
AVB shouldn’t be a manager. He should be a job interviewee guru. Seemingly knows all the buttons to press with chairmen/owners/boards.
— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) March 18, 2014
I bet Levy has already been on the phone to AVB offering him Sigurdsson for £20m. — James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) March 18, 2014
Don’t know what’s more surprising, AVB continuing to get high-paying jobs or Nicklas Bendtner wanting £4.5m to sign for a new club. — Inside Futbol (@insidefutbol) March 18, 2014
Good luck AVB! Chelsea and Tottenham nightmares nothing compared to Zenit chaos http://t.co/3i5J8djB6f
— Goal (@goal_intl) March 18, 2014
AVB named as Zenit St Petersburg manager. I give him 6 months.
— Tom Coast (@sardinetrawler) March 18, 2014
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