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AVB hopes for Mourinho return

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes speculation surrounding the future of Jose Mourinho will result in his return to England.

Since leaving Chelsea in 2007, Real Madrid coach Mourinho has achieved further success in Italy and Spain, yet the Portuguese has been a constant figure of rumour regarding a possible return to the Premier League.

Villas-Boas believes the Premier League would be better off with a manager of Mourinho’s calibre among its coaching ranks.

“He’s a top coach in the world,” Villas-Boas told reporters. “This league continues to attract the best players in the world.

“If it’s able to attract Jose and Jose makes it very, very clear that he wants to come back to England one day, I think it would be excellent for everybody.”

Villas-Boas also called for focus from his players as they look to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League, having lost their previous two league fixtures before the international break.

He added: “We have to get our act together for the rest of the fixtures to achieve our objective.

“We have done excellent enough to bridge the gap before, but now with two league defeats our opponents are closer to us and we have to recognise this change.

“It has happened before but it doesn’t mean it will happen again. The circumstances, the players, the leader, training … they are all different so at this moment it has nothing to do with past experiences.

“The lead (over fifth-placed Arsenal) is less than before but we have that margin because we were excellent doing our job so that doesn’t mean we can’t be excellent again. That is why we believe in the players and the job that they are doing.

“We are also in the Europa League quarter-finals so these are all positive aspects for us.”

Fri 29 March, 2013
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