Former Chelsea manager Villas-Boas approached by Liverpool

Andre Villas-Boas, the former Chelsea manager whose tenure at Stamford Bridge lasted less than a year, is wanted by the owners of Liverpool to replace Kenny Dalglish after the Reds icon was sacked on Wednesday, the Independent has reported.

The newspaper adds that contact between John W. Henry’s Fenway Sports Group and Villas-Boas was first made two weeks ago. FSG sounded out the Portuguese to establish if he would be interested in taking over at Anfield should Dalglish’s contract be terminated. But the Independent notes that the discussion with Villas-Boas does not indicate he is FSG’s first choice, and nor does it mean Villas-Boas is waiting for the Liverpool job after Roma, who recently parted company with Luis Enrique after the Spaniard resigned, also opened talks with the ex-Chelsea boss.

Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea in March after a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion left the club fifth in the table, 20 points behind league leaders Manchester City and out of the Champions League qualification places. Chelsea actually ended the season a place lower under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, but won the FA Cup and reached the Champions League final.

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