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Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas voted club President in Portugal

In a stunning turn of events, former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has secured the presidency of Porto in a landslide victory.

The 46-year-old, who has been without a managerial role since his he left at Marseille in February 2021, made a triumphant return to his former club Porto after claiming an overwhelming 80.3% of the vote.

This resounding victory unseated the long-standing incumbent, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, who had held the position for an impressive 42 years.

Wearing a Porto shirt and scarf, Villas-Boas jubilantly led his supporters in chants of ‘Porto’ outside his campaign headquarters, declaring, “Porto is free again.”

Expressing his gratitude and vision for the club, he stated, “I am very happy, proud, and honored by this opportunity that you give me.”

“I hope to meet the demands of all Porto fans, which is to win, win titles, and sustain our club for the future, which is the most important thing,” Villas-Boas added.

Emphasising the club’s future direction, he asserted, “This is the FC Porto that we all want and need: strong, reinvigorated, with race, and where the members dictated its change today and face the challenges that lie ahead.”

Acknowledging his predecessor, Villas-Boas thanked Pinto da Costa for his contributions to the club, stating that Porto would “always be his home.”

Villas-Boas, who became the youngest manager to win a European trophy at just 33, led Porto to victory in the Europa League in 2011, alongside a domestic Treble.

Despite managerial stints at various clubs across Europe and Asia, he has now returned to his roots at Porto, aiming to lead the club into a new era of success both on and off the pitch.

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