Franco Baldini is to remain involved with England after he joins Roma.
Baldini has agreed to become general manager of the Serie A club at the end of England's Euro 2012 qualification campaign in October.
Baldini told La Repubblica: "Once the contract (with Roma) starts, my role as sporting director with the English FA will become only that of a free advisor until the end of Euro 2012. Everything is clear and friendly."
"I wanted someone foreign from Italian football," said Baldini.
"Someone that was not contaminated. Luis Enrique is very motivated."
Villas-Boas signed for Chelsea last month.
"I had dinner with Villas-Boas," Baldini said.
"I immediately felt a good rapport but Villas-Boas was too expensive."