Strachan believes Villas-Boas took Chelsea job too soon

Former Celtic and Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is certain that Andre Villas-Boas is one of the best coaches in the world, despite being dismissed by Chelsea. The 34 year old boss was sacked less than nine months since his appointment from Portuguese champions Porto.

The Blues paid around £15m to bring Villas-Boas to Stamford Bridge, but they have not been in great form and currently sit fifth in the Premier League table. Chelsea are also on the verge of exiting the Champions League next week and Roberto di Matteo has been placed in interim charge of the club. Strachan believes that the 34 year old has the quality, but not the experience to handle a massive side such as Chelsea.

Strachan said: “At 34, you ask anybody in any job if they know life and the problems dealing with the people and situations. You never get any of that in coaching courses. You have to deal with problems and it’s only when you get to 50 or something that you have dealt with a lot of problems. At the Chelsea level, you are dealing with people rather than coaching”.

The Scotsman, who also managed at Coventry City and Southampton, further added that he had problems with the ability to know how to deal with people when he was at Celtic. Strachan took the job with the Scottish side when he was 47 and believes that life experience is important.

Gavin Strachan, Gordon’s son, is Youth Team manager at Championship side Peterborough United and the former Scottish international revealed that he is challenging problems the same age as Villas-Boas, which Strachan admits he would hate to have done.

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