Odds-On Favourite Andre Villas-Boas Named Spurs BossEnglish Premier League
Former Chelsea manager and market favourite, Andre Villas-Boas, has been named new Tottenham Hotspur boss, the club confirmed today.
Villas-Boas had been the bookies’ favourite to get the job for two weeks. The 34-year-old was initially priced at 10/1 when the news broke of Harry Redknapp’s departure before being cut to 15/8 and eventually odds-on when it was reported Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wished to approach Villas-Boas.
The Portugese manager has an inconsistent managerial CV. He enjoyed an incredibly successful season at Portugese club Porto, winning four trophies, inclduing the Uefa Cup.
And this brought him to the attention of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich who forked out £13m to bring the manager to Stamford Bridge last season.
But after a tumultous spell at the club, with reports of changing room fall-outs, he was eventually sacked.
Villas-Boas was not the early favourite for the Spurs job, with David Moyes, the Everton manager, the focus of the initial money.
News of Redknapp’s parting from the North London club was met by a knee-jerk association of the position with Moyes and a flurry of bets saw the Scot made odds-on.
But once the initial furore died down so did Moyes’ price and he eventually drifted out to 20s. Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez, was another early front-runner with the bookmakers but his odds increased every time his chairman, Dave Whelan, confirmed there had been no contact between the two clubs.
Former France manager, Laurent Blanc, was another linked with the job and his odds were cut to as short as 5/2 when it emerged that his name was on Levy’s shortlist.
It is 9/2 for Andre Villas-Boas to lead Spurs to any major trophy next season with BetVictor, and 33/1 for the Lilywhites to win the Premier League.
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