Tottenham's Villas-Boas reveals breakdown in relationship with Chelsea's Mourinho
Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed the nature of the breakdown in his relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, the Daily Telegraph has reported, ahead of the first Premier League meeting between the two.
Villas-Boas was previously a scout for and confidant of Mourinho during their time together at Porto, Chelsea and Inter, but when Villas-Boas became eager for more responsibility when working under Mourinho in Italy, the bond disintegrated to the point that they have barely spoken in years.
“We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don’t have now,” Villas-Boas said. “I don’t think we need explanations on personal relationships and friendship. But our relationship broke down,” he continued. “I think we have mutual respect for one another and what we went through cannot just disappear. But it’s not like it was before.”
Villas-Boas is one of three current Premier League managers who learned part of their trade under Mourinho at Chelsea, along with West Brom’s Steve Clarke and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers, but while they still speak with their mentor, Villas-Boas and Mourinho have exchanged little more pleasantries in four years.
“Our break-up point was because I was full of ambition to give him something better and I wanted further involvement than the job I was doing at the time, which was scouting and match preparation,” Villas-Boas explained. “I felt I could give him much more, so my initial idea was to keep working with him.
“But he didn’t feel the need for anybody nearer to him, or a further assistant. And because of that it was decided that after Inter Milan it was time to continue our careers separately.”
Villas-Boas went on to Real Madrid but Villas-Boas became a manager in his own right, at Academica, then Porto, before returning to Chelsea for a short spell and eventually landing at Tottenham. Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after leaving Spain, almost six years after his first tenure in west London came to an abrupt end.
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