The 34-year-old has signed a three-year contract to replace Harry Redknapp, with an official announcement to be made within hours.Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed as the new Tottenham head coach on a three-year contract, as confirmed by the club.
The former Chelsea boss emerged as the outstanding candidate during a three-week-long process that started when Spurs sacked Harry Redknapp in June.
Chairman Daniel Levy was so impressed by Villas-Boas during a series of talks that he shelved plans to talk to Laurent Blanc, the former France coach who started the search as the leading candidate.
Villas-Boas will also bring in his own backroom team, and appoint an assistant coach, while Jose Mario Rocha is expected to arrive at White Hart Lane as a fitness coach and Daniel Sousa as opposition scout.
The 34-year-old's appointment is a brave move by Spurs after his unsuccessful spell at Chelsea, which sacked him in March after a miserable eight months in west London in which he clashed with several senior members of the squad.
He was, however, hugely successful in his single season at Porto in 2010-11, where he won four trophies and was billed as the next Jose Mourinho, under whom he used to work.
Villas-Boas will meet the players for the start of pre-season training next week before the squad embarks on a pre-season tour of the United States ahead of its Premier League opener against Newcastle on Aug. 18.
He fits the club's desire for a young, progressive coach who can get Spurs back in the Champions League with an attacking brand of football, while lowering the average age of the squad and making shrewd signings in the transfer market.
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