It seems a long time ago Andre Villas-Boas won the treble for Porto; however, if the rumours he is West Brom bound are to be believed, then I can only hope Villas-Boas had cherished the moment back in 2011 - he will never get a sniff of a title again.
As harsh as that may sound, West Brom simply do not have the resources, nor the history to suggest Villas-Boas can take them to the top or use them as a springboard for greater things. The last trophy West Brom won was the FA Cup back in 1968 - a full nine years before Villas-Boas was even born! Since then they have spent most of their years coining the definition of the meaning 'yo-yo team' - a team that is frequently relegated from the Premier League, but one that gets promoted immediately only to repeat the process the following season.
Fair enough West Brom have ceased the yo-yo motion and have stabilised to become a well-respected side in the Premier League. However, such is the limit of their ambition, they always start the season nervously looking over their shoulder. Indeed, West Brom are among one of those teams who infamously seek the magically 40 point safety figure before raising ambitions, others include: Stoke, Fulham, West Ham, Sunderland, Swansea and Norwich.
Keen observers will notice I kept perennially mid-table outfits like Aston Villa and Newcastle, as well as relative newcomers Southampton off the list. Unlike the latter teams mentioned, what the former teams have in common is a lack of history and or recent monetary woes.
West Brom have both: the vast majority of their players brought in the summer were loans or freebies - they only spent 12 million of their own money, last season they only spent 4 million; their stadium is only 26,000 - the lack of match day revenue generated is a major factor in lack of transfer funds.
Due to this, teams like West Brom are always waiting to be relegated rather than plotting an ascension up the league table. Villas-Boas has already made some bad career choices in Chelsea and Tottenham, West Brom would be the final nail in the coffin that kills any possible return to the big time.
Villas-Boas should be looking at teams that have expressed and have actively shown a desire to qualify for the Champion's League and have the infrastructure to ensure such a feat is possible with good management - like Blackburn, Leeds, Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham have shown in the past.
Unfortunately, Newcastle seem happy with Alan Pardew and Martinez has Everton embroiled in a title fight. That only leaves Aston Villa and Southampton. Out of the two, Villa would be more probable given Mauricio Pochettino's successes at Southampton. However, Villa chairman Randy Lerner (at least for now) has cut back on spending to reduce a wage bill that was spiraling out of control under Martin O'Neil. Although one gets the feeling spending will resume once Villa boss Paul Lambert proves himself, for now Villa are no better than West Brom; more to the point, Villa have no cause for concern with Lambert right now.
That leaves Villas-Boas in a precocious position. Should he jump at the thing that moves? Or should he play a waiting game? Given how notorious the English media are for destroying managerial reputations, it would be best if Villas-Boas left the English scene altogether and re-established himself elsewhere.
Many have suggested his native Portugal, though with Sporting Lisbon enjoying a revival, Benfica playing well and Porto rebuilding, the only place available would be away from the traditional big three in Portugal. Considering in the entire history of the Portuguese domestic league, only twice has a team outside the big three won the league, it would be suicidal to attempt the impossible.
In Italy, most teams are either facing bankruptcy or have been left reeling from UEFA's financial rulings. A.C. Milan and Inter are such teams that have had to sell numerous first team players to balance books. This has lead to the domination of Juventus, and even then, they have scarcely looked like threatening in Europe. In fact, as good as Juve are, they do not have the funds to match the very best Europe and if their malaise in Europe continues, it will not take long for the likes of Pogba and Vidal to leave for greener pastures. Therefore, despite the job at Juventus (despite their Serie A domination) and at A.C. Milan being up for grabs, it would not be the wisest decision to head to a nation where club expectation defies their actuality - that would be akin to what he faced at both Chelsea and Tottenham. Finally, as Italy have had their Champions league quota reduced to three, the room for error in a notoriously judgmental league would be zero.
Monetary issues grips Spain too. Aside from Barcelona and Real Madrid, every other La Liga side faces an unfair TV deal. The result is the current duopoly enjoyed by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Of course, with relatively small funds Diego Simeone has managed to achieve the impossible with Atletico Madrid. Indeed, Atletico are now among one of the best teams in the world and it is purely down to excellent management. Furthermore, in the past Rafa Benitez with Valencia; Javier Irureta with Deportivo La Coruna; Juande Ramos with Sevilla; and Manuel Pellegrini with Villarreal have all shown in recent years it is plausible to break apart the dominant duo with limited funds and also build teams strong enough to win European trophies. However, the Spanish economy has made such surges a rarity. Since the downturn, only Atletico have looked capable of doing anything. Again like in Italy, the other big teams have yet to face reality, making it treacherous ground for Villas-Boas to tread on.
Germany, however, has none of these problems. German teams are run efficiently and as such most of them have money to spend. Aside from Bayern Munich's and Dortmund's recent domination, here is a league that has seen the likes of: Werder Bremen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg win the league within the space of 10 years. Furthermore, the likes of Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburg and Monchengladbach have all qualified for the Champions League. Evidently, in the German Bundesliga there is scope to take an un-fancied team to the top with a bit of expert managing and shrewd signings. In fact, that is exactly how Jurgen Klopp transformed a beleaguered Dortmund that was close to bankruptcy, to one of the world's best teams operating a budget akin to a mid-table Premier League team.
Alternatively, Villas-Boas could wait and see how Claudio Ranieri's situation at Monaco pans out. The Italian has yet to win a major trophy in his long managerial career and if he stays true to form then Villas-Boas will have a dream job on his hands. However, there is no knowing how long such a scenario would take to unfold. Even if it does occur, Villas-Boas's reputation is currently in tatters and would most likely be overlooked.
Villas-Boas's best bet would be to take his career to German and re-build himself there. The likes of Jurgen Klopp have shown what is possible with a bit of patience from the board and a sound managerial activities.