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Former Chelsea, Tottenham and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas is set for a rather odd change of career direction after it was announced that he'll take part in the 2018 Dakar Rally.
The Portuguese coach was once heralded as one of European football's brightest managerial prospects after winning a treble with Porto during the 2010/11 season without losing a single league match along the way.
But Villas-Boas is out of work at the moment after being sacked by cash-rich Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG earlier this week after only a year in charge, and his stock amongst football fans seems to have dropped somewhat.
Villas-Boas endured a wretched spell as Spurs boss after a failed stint as Chelsea manager. Images: PA
However, he's probably not too worried about that at the moment as he prepares for an almighty gear change.
Andre Villas Boas has quit as Head Coach of Shanghai SIPG and signed up to compete in the Dakar Rally, starting in Lima, Peru.- Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) November 29, 2017
According to autosport.com, the 40-year-old will compete in the Dakar Rally behind behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux in the car category, with former motorcycle class front-runner Ruben Faria joining him as co-driver.
BREAKING:- Football Expose (@FootballExpose) November 29, 2017
Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager, André Villas-Boas has left his role at Shanghai SIPG to become a driver in the Dakar Rally! pic.twitter.com/N114veJykQ
The annual challenge starts on January 6, 2018 and ends on January 20 and involves racing amongst competitors through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.
Personally, we can't wait to see how he gets on - it can't be any worse than the job he did at Chelsea, after all.
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