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Villas-Boas Admits Chelsea Job Was “Too Much Too Soon”

Tue 4th Oct 2016 | Football Club Management

André Villas-Boas has said that managing Chelsea came too early in his career, revealing that he was not flexible enough to manage individual players.

Villas-Boas also revealed the details of how his relationship with Jose Mourinho evolved at final day of the ASPIRE4SPORT and the Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance & Science which is taking place at the iconic Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC Ajax.

He said: “The Chelsea experience was too much too soon. I wasn’t flexible as a manager at that time. I was communicative, but I wasn’t flexible in my approach. At Tottenham I learnt to be different.

“In professional football you have to live the day-to-day. The objective is the group performance, but every single individual requires a different response from a manager – you can’t be the same person to each player. At Chelsea the group was more important, I stuck to my methods too much.”

On Mourinho, he added: In my formative moments working with Jose was the best time of my life – I was able to lean to many things and working with him takes you to another level.

“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving.

“Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone. He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.

“My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”

Villas-Boas was joined by representatives from more than 50 of the world’s leading clubs, federations and leagues for the 3rd Edition of the Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance & Science.

Running in parallel is a networking event, ASPIRE4SPORT which brings European and Qatari sports industry professionals together to pave the way for future partnerships.

The former Chelsea and Spurs manager also questioned whether Louis van Gaal’s approach to giving young players at chance during his time at Manchester United was ultimately the reason he lost his job. He said: “Look at Rashford. Did Louis van Gaal pay the price of giving these young people too many chances, because he lost his job?”

Revealing more about his previous managerial roles and the pressure on managers in the Premier League, Villas-Boas added: “Daniel Levy is an expert in sacking managers. There’s no time for long term projects in the Premier League.”

Images: Action Images / Jed Leicester 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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