• Russian Premier League

AVB appointed Zenit St Petersburg head coach

ESPN staff
March 18, 2014
AVB was in charge of Spurs for a little more than a year © Getty Images

Former Chelsea and Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed head coach of Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Villas-Boas has been out of a job since leaving Spurs in December and will replace Luciano Spalletti - who was sacked earlier this month -- in the dugout of the Petrovsky Stadium on a deal that will run until the end of the 2015-16 season, according to a statement on the club's official website.

The Portuguese will not officially be in charge for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg clash at Borussia Dortmund, where the 2011-12 Russian champions are aiming to overturn a 4-2 aggregate deficit.

Villas-Boas won a treble of league, cup and Europa League during his one full season at Porto three years ago, but failed to win any trophies during his two ill-fated spells at Premier League clubs in England.

He will be reunited with former Porto striker Hulk at Zenit, who currently sit four points behind Russian league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.

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