Andre Villas-Boas Turns Down Opportunity To Manage Sao Paulo

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18: FC Porto Head Coach, Andre Villas Boas and his assistant Jose Mario Rocha celebrate victory during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea manager and current in demand gaffer Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly turned down an opportunity to take over as manager of Sao Paulo, according to the club (and ESPN). Sao Paulo fired manager Emerson Leao on Tuesday and apparently moved very quickly to attempt to bring in Villas-Boas.

The club's director of fooftball, Adalberto Baptista told Globo Esporte:

"He today said that he doesn't want to manage Sao Paulo. He prefers to have more time to plan things, but I have no time to wait."

For a guy who was allegedly frustrated with the pace of the negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur, having more time to plan things seems a little contradictory. However, a report in the Daily Telegraph has said that Spurs held advanced talks with the Portugese manager on Tuesday night and expect to announce his signing on July 1.

That same Telegraph piece seems to confirm the reports that have floating around Twitter the past week that Villas-Boas cannot sign with another English club before July 1. This was apparently part of his severence agreement with Chelsea and would explain why Tottenham are dragging their feet a bit, but still making efforts to sign players.

So, it looks like we just have to make it to Monday and then we'll have a manager. Everyone keep your fingers crossed.

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