Andre Villas-Boas has quit his role as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.
The Portuguese is set to swap the dugouts for the rally-racing tracks as he plans to compete in the 2018 Dakar rally.
Villas-Boas is more well known on these shores for his stints in charge of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. He came to England in 2011 with a slick reputation having led Porto to league glory in an undefeated season in his home country.
Touted as the next Jose Mourinho for reasons including his achievements at such a young age for a manager in just his early thirties and the manner in which he was snapped up by Roman Abromovic, things didn’t go as swimmingly as expected for ‘AVB’ in the Premier League. The turning of frustrated leading figures within the Chelsea squad against him spelled the end of his reign at Stamford Bridge while a failure to break into the top-four followed by a poor beginning to the following season lead to his axing as Spurs boss.
He went on to enjoy success in Russia with Zenit St-Petersburg, winning three trophies and a league title between 2014-2016 prior to his move to China.
The 40-year-old never played football professionally but worked his way up to be regarded as one of the finest coaches in Europe at one point.
Now, he has declared he will be driving a Toyota Hilux in the 15 day rally which commences on January 6 in Peru and finishes in Argentina on January 20 having gone through Bolivia, according to the Irish Examiner.
“I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year’s preparation to get there and that it was better to consider doing it with a car (instead of on bike),” he said.
“So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am!”
Villas-Boas will be following in his uncle’s tracks, who completed the same rally in 1982.
Whether a return to football management will materialise after the thrill of the Dakar rally for AVB remains to be seen.