Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham name ex-Chelsea boss as new manager
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, two weeks after Harry Redknapp was sacked.
Villas-Boas, 34, returns to football on a three-year contract less than four months after his dismissal at Chelsea.
Former France coach Laurent Blanc, Wigan's Roberto Martinez, Fabio Capello and former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann were linked with the post.
But Tottenham have opted for ex-Porto boss Villas-Boas to replace Redknapp.
Tottenham's decision to sack Redknapp came after weeks of growing tension between the 65-year-old and his chairman Daniel Levy, the situation coming to a head when Redknapp was told the club had decided to go in a fresh direction and look to the future.
Levy assumed responsibility for the recruitment of the new manager and was impressed with Villas-Boas's vision for the club.
Despite winning the Portuguese domestic double and the Europa League at Porto in 2010-11, Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea less than 12 months into a three-year contract in March.
Tottenham, who finished fourth in the Premier League table last season, launch the 2012-13 season away to Newcastle, scheduled for 18 August.
Villas-Boas is scheduled to lead Spurs into action against his former club Chelsea on 20 October at White Hart Lane, with the Portuguese due to return to Stamford Bridge on 13 April.