London: Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has insisted it's unfair to compare new Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas to Jose Mourinho. (Also read: Chelsea appoint 'outstanding' Villas-Boas as coach)
Villas-Boas, 33, was announced on Wednesday as the new Chelsea manager after the club sacked Carlo Ancelotti following a trophyless season at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's new boss worked at the London club under fellow Portuguese Mourinho, now in charge at Real Madrid, during the eventful Stamford Bridge career of the 'Special One'.
"Yes, everybody is going to look at him and say, 'You have learned it (from Mourinho)' or 'You are the same as Mourinho', and he is going to be the example," Hasselbaink said.
"But I don't think that's fair on him. It is only more pressure because everybody is going to compare him to Mourinho."
"Yes, he is only 33, but I think we should look at him just as a man on his own, a different manager - yes from Portugal, but a different individual, and just give him a chance to succeed."
"It is going to be very important for Chelsea - Chelsea are at a very important stage."
"They are not going to be able to keep on letting managers come and go. They will have to give somebody faith, and luckily it is somebody young, so somebody who can grow with the club and put his stamp on the Premier League and also the club," Hasselbaink added.
Villas-Boas has joined Chelsea from Porto, having guided the club to a treble last season of the Portuguese league and cup as well as the Europa League.
He has now become Chelsea's seventh manager in eight years as billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich bids to bring a first Champions League title to Stamford Bridge.
At 33, he will be the same age as several of Chelsea's players but Hasselbaink said: "He must have impressed Abramovich. Obviously, he has got something that is good because Inter Milan were after him and Chelsea have secured him, so he must have something special."
"It's not going to be easy, but managers at the top don't have it easy, so good luck to him."