Tottenham boss Villas-Boas could have been Burnley manager

Andre Villas-Boas became Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur shortly after leaving Premier League rivals Chelsea, but the Portuguese’s career path was nearly very different, the Daily Telegraph has revealed.

Villas-Boas was one of the applicants for the vacancy at Burnley in January 2010, following Owen Coyle’s departure from Turf Moor to take up a position at Bolton Wanderers. Villas-Boas was manager of Academica in the Portuguese league at the time, and sent in an application so detailed it may have actually cost him the job.

The soon-to-be-released book of the former Burnley chief executive, Paul Fletcher, claims that Villas-Boas was recommended to the club by one of Fletcher’s former playing colleagues, and the former Chelsea scout provided the club – then battling against relegation from the Premier League – with an in-depth presentation.

Fletcher said: “[Villas-Boas] sent a very detailed and lengthy application for the job. His CV and Powerpoint presentation were amazing. Even by today’s standards there was some complicated stuff in it, with some things that I didn’t understand.

Brian Laws was the man eventually chosen to replace Coyle but he could not prevent relegation, as the Clarets dropped out of the top flight at the first time of asking.

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