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Villas-Boas U-Turn As Celtic Continue Search For New Permanent Manager

Villas-Boas U-Turn As Celtic Continue Search For New Permanent Manager

Celtic's search for a permanent manager could see the Scottish Champions opt for former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Villas-Boas earned his Pro License through the Scottish FA and was initially the favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers. However, that faded when the coach's camp suggested he was not open to a return to management.

Now, the Portuguese’s agent, Jean-Paul Lares, has spoken publicly and confirmed Villas-Boas passion for the area.

Andre has the deepest affection for both Scotland and the Scottish people and the fondest memories of the time he spent there.

But we have received no offers from Scottish clubs and no decision has been made on his future, so there’s no way a valid comment can be made on this subject.

Villas-Boas left Chinese club Shanghai SIPG in 2017. He has managed Porto, Chelsea and Spurs in the past. He left management for the 2018 Dakar Rally but has not competed off-road since March 2018.

Currently, the favourite for the next Celtic manager is former Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Neil Lennon and Michael O'Neill have also been reportedly shortlisted for the role.

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Per FootballScotland, former Celtic player Johan Mjallby backed Lennon for the job.

I'm biased because I know Neil and loved working with him. I know how passionate he is for Celtic. If he was to get the job, he would probably play a little bit different to the way the team played under Brendan but that's natural.

Even if Roberto Martinez, Andre Villas-Boas, Rafa Benitez or Davie Moyes got it, they have all got their own style they want the team to play so it's important they get the support from the board to get the right players so they keep progressing and improving.

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