Andre Villas-Boas has revealed the reasons for the breakdown of the relationship between himself and one-time mentor Jose Mourinho.
The former Zenit St Petersburg boss worked under the self-styled Special One at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan but says that a disagreement between the two prompted him to pursue his own managerial career.
Andre Villas-Boas: “You fall in love with Mourinho and he becomes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew.” #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) October 4, 2016
Villas-Boas was speaking at the ASPIRE4SPORT congress this week and according to The Daily Mail he “fell on the wrong side of Mourinho”.
“He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people,” said the 38-year-old.
“My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”
The difficult relationship between the pair has been public knowledge for some time, but neither has spoken in great depth about the extent of the problems between them.
Villas-Boas was labelled as the ‘new Mourinho’ early in his career after moving from Porto to Chelsea in 2011, mirroring his former mentor’s path, but he left the Blues after less than a year in charge.
After spending around 18 months with Tottenham Hotspur, he left the North London side by mutual consent in December 2013 and took over at Zenit three months later.
He is unlikely to come up against Mourinho any time soon; the ex-Real Madrid boss is now in charge at Manchester United, whilst Villas-Boas left the Russian side in the summer and is still out of work.