Zenit appoint ex-Spurs boss Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas is back in the game. Photo: PA

Zenit St Petersburg have appointed former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as their head coach on a two-year deal.

The Portuguese had been out of work since being dismissed at White Hart Lane before Christmas and replaces Italian Luciano Spalletti, who was sacked last week.

Zenit travel to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night looking to overturn a 4-2 first-leg deficit in their last-16 Champions League tie but Villas-Boas will not officially take the reins at the Petrovsky Stadium until Thursday.

"Zenit has agreed terms on a contract with new head coach Andre Villas-Boas," read a statement on the Russian club's official website.

"The contract will be signed and Mr. Villas-Boas will be presented in St Petersburg as Zenit's new head coach on March 20.

"Mr. Villas-Boas' contract begins in March, 2014, and is valid for two seasons."