UEFA News: Andre Villas-Boas leaving Zenit, does not eye return to Premier League

UEFA News: Andre Villas-Boas leaving Zenit, does not eye return to Premier League

Zenit Saint Petersburg coach Andre Villas-Boas has stated that he is set to leave the team at the end of the season but dismisses any speculations of a return to the English Premier League (EPL).

Villas-Boas’ statement came after his team bowed to S.L. Benfica, 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League – a game that came after a long layoff since the team’s last match last December 9.

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“No I think my time has been done there. It didn’t go as well as I expected, apart from the first year at Tottenham, so I will look forward to trying other leagues,” Villas-Boas said via BT Sport.

Asked where he might go, the 38-year old Portuguese said he doesn’t know what the future holds.

”I don’t know, hopefully something good,” he added.

Villas-Boas is no stranger to the EPL having managed Chelsea and Tottenham before landing the job with Zenit. He was sacked by Chelsea in March 2012 following a 1-0 defeat against West Brown that left Chelsea three points adrift of Arsenal in the battle for fourth place.

He was then named Tottenham manager in July 2012 and was named silverware Manager of Month twice. On that year, he steered Tottenham to a fifth-placed finished behind Arsenal, where they set a club record by finishing with 72 points. This was considered as the highest points tally ever achieved by any club in the Premier League that did not finish in the top four.

Subsequently, Villas-Boas and Tottenham parted ways in December 2013. He left the club, though, with the highest percentage of league wins of any managers in the club’s Premier League stint.

Villas-Boas then signed a two-year contract with FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in March 2014. As Zenit’s manager, he helped the team win the Russian Premier League.

In this year’s Round of 16, the long layoff took its toll on Zenit as they took less goal attempts that benefited Benfica when Jonas scored the lone goal of the game, one minute in stoppage time as a result of a free kick from the far corner.

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