Anfield move on the cards for former Chelsea manager?
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Liverpool sack Dalglish and approach Villas-Boas
Liverpool’s American owners have made contact with Andre Villas-Boas in the past two weeks, in an attempt to establish his interest in taking over at Anfield, where Kenny Dalglish was yesterday dismissed.
The Independent understands that Villas-Boas is interested and considers Liverpool to be the kind of high-profile, marquee job which would be the appropriate next step for him, following his unhappy nine months at Chelsea, where he was dismissed in March.
The exploratory call from Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, does not rule out the possibility of the Americans having higher priority targets. Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez, the Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp and Marseilles Didier Deschamps, a target before FSG acquired Liverpool, may be contenders.
So what do we have here then? Well if Liverpool’s American owners have indeed made an approach to bring in former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas to replace Kenny Dalglish as Anfield boss, and if indeed the young Portuguese manager is interested in taking the job, we are surely moving towards an appointment, right?
It is fair to say that Roman Abramovich harshly axed Villas-Boas after an unsteady, but by no means disastrous, start to his Stamford Bridge reign and the former FC Porto manager is still considered one of the hottest managerial prospects around.
The 34 year old is the favourites with most bookies to succeed Dalglish as Anfield boss and they are rarely wrong and the footballing style and his reputation for trusting to youth mean that Villas-Boas is very much in keeping with the apparent ethos Liverpool’s current owners are said to represent.
Villas-Boas guided FC Porto to a treble of a domestic double and a Europa League success in his one and only season in charge of his hometown club, losing just two out of 51 games in the process. Life at Chelsea was not quite so flawless with the Blues losing 10, and winning 19, of his 40 games in charge.
Considered by many as the ‘next Jose Mourinho’ there will no doubt be many sides still interested in Villas-Boas regardless of his Chelsea blip and it appears he is closing in on the vacant post at the Merseyside club.
Would Liverpool fans welcome such a move?