Chelsea close to securing Andre Villas-Boas as new manager

Chelsea FC dispensed with the services of Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season, with chairman Roman Abramovich clearly underwhelmed by a campaign which saw the west London club fail to secure any silverware. It had appeared that the Russian would turn to his friend Guus Hiddink to replace Ancelotti, with reports suggesting that the Dutchman was ready to…

Chelsea FC dispensed with the services of Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season, with chairman Roman Abramovich clearly underwhelmed by a campaign which saw the west London club fail to secure any silverware.

It had appeared that the Russian would turn to his friend Guus Hiddink to replace Ancelotti, with reports suggesting that the Dutchman was ready to step down from his role as Turkey manager and move to Stamford Bridge.

However, on Monday morning, reports instead broke from Portugal that Andre Villas-Boas was about to become the new Chelsea manager, with the 33-year-old apparently accepting an offer from the Premier League team to leave Porto and instead manage the Blues.

Porto claim that they have not yet receive a clause offer of €15 million which would snare the Portuguese away from his own country and into the arms of Chelsea, although this fee is unlikely to be a problem considering that Villas-Boas will be regarded as a long-term solution when it comes to a Chelsea manager.

Hiddink is not completely out of the equation though. The Dutchman could still return to Stamford Bridge as director of football.

If you hurry up you can still back Andre Villas-Boas at 1.21 to be the next Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink is available at 8.6, both with Betfair.

Chelsea are best odds 11/4 with Victor Chandler bookmakers to win the Premier League.

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