Friday, 24 June 2011
Villas-Boas credits Sir Bobby for his success
New Chelsea boss Andres Villas-Boas has revealed that Sir Bobby Robson helped him get to where he was today. Villas-Boas had an impressive record with Porto, maintaining an unbeaten record in the Portuguese League. He now arrives at Stamford Bridge, where he can expect a new challenge whilst in the spotlight of the world's media. The Portuguese manager admitted he owed much of his success to Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby, who managed FC Porto at one point in his career, met a young Villas-Boas and soon after appointed him the observation department of the club. Villas-Boas soon gained his coaching license, while still working with Bobby Robson and went on to manage the British Virgin Islands national team in 2000.
The manager said he was aware of his managerial success and how Robson was to thank for it, Villas-Boas said in an interview: “Bobby was a very important person in my career. He was the person who advised me at a very young age to go on coaching courses and unlocked the doors of Porto for me to have access to his training sessions.We had a very good relationship and he was someone I respected a lot and was respected in world football. What he did he did not only with me and Jose but with all different kinds of people, promoting them and inspiring them to take their own role and their own way. He is somebody who means a lot to the English game and I think he would be happy of course, to see me here at Chelsea now.”
Robson, the former England footballer and manager, is considered to be one of the most influential figures in English football. He began his senior career in 1950 with Fulham, moving on to West Bromwich Albion and back to Fulham again. He ended his playing career at Vancouver Royals in 1968. He made 20 appearances for the England national team during the period 1957- 1962, going on to score 4 goals. He also managed the England national team for eight years, from 1982 to 1990. His managerial career saw him take charge of a host of different clubs, such as his first club Fulham, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting CP, FC Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle United. Bobby Robson died aged 76, on 31st July 2009, due to lung cancer. He was knighted and awarded a CBE for his services to English football.