Moyes and Blanc also interviewed for White Hart Lane post.
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Tottenham Hotspur will appoint former Porto and Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas as the club’s new manager after the 34-year-old dazzled chairman Daniel Levy with his vision for the future.
The Portuguese will sign a three-year deal before the end of the week and Levy is also expected to reinstate a director of football at White Hart Lane.
Everton’s David Moyes and France coach Laurent Blanc were both sounded-out about the role but Moyes flat-out refused to work under a director of football, while Blanc remains hopeful he will be offered an extended deal by the French football association. However, as reported by Caughtoffside as early as May, Villas-Boas was always the chairman’s preferred choice.
The protege of Jose Mourinho made his name at Porto, leading the club to an undefeated league season and claiming a Primeira Liga, Portuguese Super Cup and UEFA Europa League treble in his first season.
He joined Chelsea in summer 2011, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich reportedly paying around £14 million in compensation to Porto, but did not live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge and was sacked in March after Chelsea slipped out of the top four following a 1-0 defeat to West Bromich Albion.
Villas-Boas knows that Levy regards a top four finish as the minimum requirement at White Hart Lane but the Spurs supremo was hugely impressed by the Portuguese’s vision for the future, which includes keeping star men Luka Modric and Gareth Bale at the club and a genuine title push within three seasons.