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Villas-Boas to outline plans

Published 28/06/2011 | 11:27

Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas will be given the opportunity to outline his plans for Chelsea when officially unveiled as the Barclays Premier League club's new manager on Wednesday morning.

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At just 33, the Portuguese coach will be the youngest boss in the English top flight after he succeeded experienced Italian Carlo Ancelotti once the release from his contract with Porto had been agreed.

Villas-Boas promised evolution not revolution after succeeding Ancelotti, who celebrated an historic league and FA Cup double in his first full season at the helm before being unceremoniously axed after a barren campaign.

However, some changes behind the scenes are predicted, with long-serving first-team assistant coach Paul Clement set to leave, along with fitness coach Glen Driscoll and club doctor Bryan English.

The Blues' opening pre-season friendly against Vitesse Arnhem in Holland on July 9 has been cancelled at the request of the new manager, who wants more preparation time with the squad.

Villas-Boas is looking to bring in a new number two, after his preferred choice Vitor Pereira was appointed as his successor at Porto. Fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and senior scout Daniel Sousa are, though, set to follow from the Dragons. Michael Emenalo, assistant first-team coach under Ancelotti, could take up a technical director role.

The new Chelsea boss is also expected to be busy in the transfer market ahead of the new campaign, with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and midfielder Joao Moutinho expected to follow him to Stamford Bridge from Porto.

Brazilian youngster Neymar, meanwhile, has been a long-term target for Chelsea, who had a number of bids rejected last summer.

However, Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has confirmed five clubs in Europe have agreed to pay the 45million Euro (£40million) release clause.

The clubs - reported as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala - will now be given permission to speak to the 19-year-old.

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