ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS is the man to replace Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager.
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS is the man to replace Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool FC manager.
Lots of people have been linked with the vacant position, but I believe this is the right time for the Portuguese.
People will look at what happened at Chelsea, but I don’t think it was anywhere near as bad as has been made out. You have to equate his Chelsea experience with what he achieved at Porto in such a short space of time.
His brief at Chelsea was to change the team, lower the average age of the squad, get rid of the older professionals and blood more youngsters.
He was trying to do that, but if anything Villas-Boas moved too quickly. It reminded me of when Graeme Souness took over at Liverpool in the early 1990s, and it ended in the same manner then.
Villas-Boas should have used the players to his advantage. He misunderstood the strengths of John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, and the strength of that dressing room became apparent under Roberto di Matteo. There’s no doubt Villas-Boas can coach and manage, and you’d imagine he has learned from his experience at Chelsea.
Nevertheless, I believe he would need someone older and wiser upstairs to give him a helping hand.
He’s still incredibly young as a manager, and needs some guidance. I can’t see anyone else other than Villas-Boas now getting the job.
Forget the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho; they aren’t coming. Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Martinez and Paul Lambert are honourable mentions, but managing big clubs is different. You don’t go to away games to draw. You go to win. That’s where Roy Hodgson got it wrong.
Porto and Chelsea are big clubs so Villas-Boas will know what to expect.
He understands the mentality and history of a big club, plus he wouldn’t cost any compensation as he’s out of work. Villas-Boas will be hungry to prove people wrong in the Premier League and, for where he is at in his career and where Liverpool are at as a club, he could do a good job at Anfield.
He could rebuild his reputation and use it as a stepping stone before moving on to Inter Milan or somewhere with more immediate prospects of continued long-term success.
From what I gather, Liverpool’s owners really fancied Frank de Boer, but were told in no uncertain terms that he wanted to stay at Ajax.
Certainly, Fenway Sports Group are not coming out of this managerial chase very well at all.
We automatically assume Americans will be good in business and in their dealings, but it doesn’t appear to be the case here.
FSG sacked Dalglish and that’s fine. That’s their decision.
But it’s almost as though there is now a public auction to find his successor.
Rodgers was very clever in saying he didn’t want to talk with Liverpool, and I don’t understand why Roberto Martinez hasn’t followed suit – unless he has been tapped up already. That would make sense.
For Liverpool’s owners to go so public and put themselves in a position where they have allowed it to emerge who they want is very, very strange.
It is giving players a reason to want to leave. Luis Suarez must be considering it no matter what he is publicly saying, while you’d imagine Pepe Reina is getting a bit fed up with all the chopping and changing.
Liverpool’s American owners are handling it all wrong.
And they may pay the price if they don’t bring the right manager in.