Andre Villas-Boas elected Porto president in landslide win

Andre Villas-Boas, the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager, has been elected as president of FC Porto after ending the 42-year reign of Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa in a landslide election win.

Villas-Boas was sacked after less than a season in charge of Chelsea in 2011-12 before lasting 18 months at Spurs following his appointment at the start of the 2012-13 season.

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The 46-year-old, who has been out of management since leaving Marseille in 2021 after almost two years at Stade Velodrome, guided Porto to a league, cup and Europa League treble as coach in 2011 and he has now returned to the Portuguese club after dislodging Pinto da Costa from the presidency at Estadio do Dragao.

Villas-Boas claimed 80.3% of the vote to win the presidency and marked his victory by saying, “Porto is free again.”

“I hope to correspond fully to the demands of all Portistas: to win, to lift trophies and to build a sustainable club for the future,” Villas-Boas said. “We have a long mission ahead of us. It will take arduous work in a house that has to be restructured, sorted out and reorganised.”

Porto, eliminated from this season’s Champions League by Arsenal at the round of 16 stage, are third in the Portuguese Primera Liga and set to miss out on Champions League qualification.