Villas-Boas for Wednesday?

Is the Portuguese manager the right fit for the job?

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Driving force at Wednesday?

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has a side-line career to football management.

In November he confirmed his intention to compete in the Dakar Rally this week after leaving his position as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.

The 40-year-old, whose uncle took part in the 1982 Dakar Rally, will drive a Toyota Hilux in the car category.

Villas-Boas had initially wanted to contest the race on a motorbike but was advised against it because of the additional preparation time needed.

The event starts in Peru on Saturday.

"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," said Villas-Boas, who owns several motorbikes.

"So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am."

Villas-Boas is a motorsport enthusiast who has attended a number of Formula 1 races.

He spoke in 2011, when he was manager of Chelsea, about his passion for motorbikes and that he would often escape the rigours of Premier League football by going off-road riding in the Portuguese mountains.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday's owners reportedly plan to hold talks with Andre Villas-Boas over the vacant managerial position at Hillsborough.

The Owls axed boss Carlos Carvalhal last week following a run of seven games without a win, leaving them 15th in the Championship standings at the time.

Wednesday have since been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca, who masterminded his side's 2-1 win over Manchester City earlier this month, while Steve McClaren is understood to be another option.

According to The Sun, however, former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager Villas-Boas has now emerged as a shock contender.

He will be available to work in football again from the end of January, after the rally, and Wednesday chief Dejphon Chansiri is rumoured to be willing to offer a lucrative package to attract the Portuguese to Yorkshire.

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