Tottenham: Andre Villas-Boas holds no Mourinho regret

Andre Villas-Boas v Jose Mourinho

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has announced he has no regrets over ending his working relationship with Jose Mourinho.

The pair worked together for seven years as Villas-Boas formed part of Mourinho’s backroom team at Porto, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

Villas-Boas decided to try his hand at management after Mourinho failed to promote him in Italy and he went onto be a huge success in Portugal, like his mentor. A move to Chelsea did not work out for the 35-year-old but his current reign at Spurs is seemingly on the right path.

Mourinho and Villas-Boas will be in opposite dugouts for the first time this Saturday when Spurs host Chelsea. Despite their success together, the pair have gone their separate ways and Villas-Boas is confident he made the right choice to go alone.

“I don’t lose any sleep,” said the Spurs boss. “Our break-up point was because I was full of ambition to give him something extra and I wanted further involvement from the job I was doing at that time.

“I felt I could give him much more. But he didn’t feel the need for somebody near to him or in another position as an assistant, and because of that it was decided that it was time, after Inter Milan, to continue our careers (apart).

“We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don’t have now. I don’t think we need explanations. But our relationship broke down. I think we have the mutual respect for each other and we understand what we have been through cannot just disappear, but it’s not like it was before.”

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