AVB’s Dakar declaration

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed he intends to quit coaching in the next five to 10 years and pursue his lifetime ambition of competing in the Dakar Rally.

While he is loving his role at Tottenham, Villas-Boas, 35, does not think he will remain in football beyond the next decade and he would like to explore other interests, including the Dakar Rally, the world’s most famous off-road motorsport event.

“My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things,” he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

“For me, there is a limit and, in the next five to 10 years, I will quit coaching.

“To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do.

“It went from a passion to an obligation, a destination of life, but I can only do it when I leave football. I do not know where my career will take me. What I do know is that it will not last too long.”


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