Villas-Boas: Chelsea job was “too much too soon”
André Villas-Boas has said that managing Chelsea came too early in his career, revealing that he was not flexible enough to manage individual players. AVB also revealed the details of how his relationship with Jose Mourinho evolved.
AVB was speaking at final day of the ASPIRE4SPORT and the Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance & Science which is taking place at the iconic Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC Ajax.
He said: “The Chelsea experience was too much too soon. I wasn’t flexible as a manager at that time. I was communicative, but I wasn’t flexible in my approach. At Tottenham I learnt to be different.
“In professional football you have to live the day-to-day. The objective is the group performance, but every single individual requires a different response from a manager – you can’t be the same person to each player. At Chelsea the group was more important, I stuck to my methods too much.”
On Mourinho, he added: “In my formative moments working with Jose was the best time of my life – I was able to lean to many things and working with him takes you to another level.
“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving. Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone. He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.
“My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”
AVB was joined by representatives from more than 50 of the world’s leading clubs, federations and leagues for the 3rd Edition of the Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance & Science. Running in parallel is a networking event, ASPIRE4SPORT which brings European and Qatari sports industry professionals together to pave the way for future partnerships.
The former Chelsea and Spurs manager also questioned whether Louis van Gaal’s approach to giving young players at chance during his time at Manchester United was ultimately the reason he lost his job. He said: “Look at Rashford. Did Louis van Gaal pay the price of giving these young people too many chances, because he lost his job.”
Revealing more about his previous managerial roles and the pressure on managers in the Premier League, AVB added: “Daniel Levy is an expert in sacking managers. There’s no time for long term projects in the Premier League.”
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About the events
The two-day event ASPIRE4SPORT networking session brings European and Qatari sports industry professionals together to pave the way for future partnerships. In parallel, Aspire Academy is hosting the “Global Summit” on ‘Football Performance & Science’ to share ideas and approaches and discuss how science, technology and cutting-edge coaching techniques positively influence the game.
More than 160 representatives from clubs including FC Barcelona, Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus take part in the Global Summit, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere in the world. Together they will review and examine the latest training methods and approaches designed to nurture championship potential and support elite performance.
This group of experts – known as the “Aspire in the World Fellows” community – has developed rapidly since it was established in 2014. As well as regular gatherings in Doha and events in Europe to develop their ideas, members are supported by a cutting-edge online portal enabling the spread of best practice, trends and the latest thinking. Taken together, the various elements of the community’s activity provide a powerful platform to support the broader development of football around the world.
Since it was launched, the community has continued to grow and develop, and for the first time this year the original members of the “Aspire in the World Fellows” were invited to extend invitations to affiliate clubs, meaning up to 80 football clubs are expected to attend the summit.
ASPIRE4SPORT also features a business-to-business exhibition that will create a wide range of networking opportunities for European and Qatari sport industry professionals. A large number of Qatari and Middle Eastern government organisations and companies will attend the event to meet representatives from across Europe’s leading sports business sectors including construction, sports medicine, logistics, event management, communication and technology. Last year’s ASPIRE4SPORT resulted in face-to-face talks between 148 international suppliers and 19 exhibitors resulting in 988 scheduled business meetings.
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Since opening its doors in 2004, Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence has become one of the foremost national sports academies in the world. Working as part of the Aspire Zone Foundation - an international sport destination – Aspire Academy is at the heart of a sporting revolution currently taking place in Qatar and around the region. The Academy is conceiving, promoting and implementing game-changing excellence in sports training and elite athlete development that is enabling an entire generation of talented, disciplined and committed individuals, both Qataris and internationals to pursue their sports dreams. Together with the other members of the Aspire Zone Foundation (Aspire Logistics and ASPETAR Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital), the Aspire Academy is developing sports champions, promoting healthy lifestyles and galvanizing the sports economy of today, and the future.