Andre Villas-Boas: ‘Don’t get on Jose Mourinho’s bad side’
Posted by Aaron C-Reid | Published on October 5, 2016
Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said he “loved” Mourinho until eventually falling on his bad side.
Villas-Boas was a vital member of Mourinho’s backroom staff at both Porto and Chelsea before moving on to pursue his own managerial career in Portugal at Academica.
Although Mourinho encouraged his Portuguese compatriot to turn to the managerial hot-seat, Villas-Boas revealed the Manchester United boss felt threatened by his former prodigy’s desire to get to the top and their friendship started to fray.
Despite the eventual collapse of their relationship, Villas-Boas still remembers his time under Mourinho very fondly.
“In my formative moments working with Jose was the best time of my life – I was able to learn many things and working with him takes you to another level, Villas-Boas said at the aspire4sport congress in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving. Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone.”
“He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people. My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”
Comparisons were made between the two when Villas-Boas moved from Porto to Chelsea in 2011, 7 years after Mourinho did the same. However, they weren’t long lasting as Villas-Boas failed to replicate the successes of his mentor and eventually was sacked after just 9 months at the helm.
He now recognises he wasn’t ready to take over at Chelsea, with such little managerial experience.
“The Chelsea experience was too much too soon. I wasn’t flexible as a manager at that time. I was communicative, but I wasn’t flexible in my approach. At Tottenham, I learnt to be different.”
In professional football, you have to live the day-to-day. The objective is the group performance, but every single individual requires a different response from a manager – you can’t be the same person to each player.
At Chelsea the group was more important, I stuck to my methods too much.”
After some success with Zenit St Petersburg, last season, Vilas-Boas left the Russian side due to personal reasons and recently revealed he would like to return to football soon.