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Spurs in hunt for new boss after sacking Andre Villas-Boas

Dec 16, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT

Andre Villas-Boas said he would not resign after Tottenham’s shock 5-0 loss to Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but Spurs didn’t give him the option, sacking him after 80 matches in charge of the London club.

UPDATE: BT Sport is reporting that AVB had wanted out of White Hart Lane since the summer and that Spurs had been biding their time finding a replacement, favored to be Fabio Capello or Glenn Hoddle.

AVB’s record was 44W, 20D and 16L in his time with Spurs but the club’s high-spending summer yielded little of the fruit the board and supporters were expecting. Many were lauding Tottenham for making the best of a bad situation when Gareth Bale wanted out, but Spurs sit seventh in the table after having lost to Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham over their last five matches.

Will Spurs hire a stopgap or a full-time maestro to preside over their stable of talent? Jurgen Klinsmann was among the names bandied about during AVB’s struggles, but recently signed an extension to shepherd the USMNT through the 2018 World Cup. Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino and Swansea’s Michael Laudrup are also on the Spurs list, according to reports, while usual suspects Fabio Capello and Guus Hiddink join recently-jobless Paolo Di Canio, Ian Holloway, Martin Jol and Steve Clarke as possibilities.

  1. jrocknstuff - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Wow! I have to say this comes as a surprise. I thought they came out looking good in the second half down 2-0 yesterday and it was only a matter of time until they found a goal, until the red card changed everything. But that was not a 5-0 game. I think the lack of scoring is ultimately why AVB finds himself without a job. Hopefully the next manger finds more playing time for Eriksson, Lamela and Townsend. That’s where your scoring is going to come from. In January they need to post Saldado and look for a more effective striker, play Defoe until then.

    • mdac1012 - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      I don’t know what game you watched, but that was very much a 5-0 game and then some. Outside of the opening minutes of the second half, Liverpool completely dominated the game from one end of the pitch to the other. AVB made zero adjustments and continued to play a high line, despite having defenders who don’t have great deal of foot speed which resulted in them getting torched all game.

  2. wwsiralexd - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Two words. Roberto Di Matteo.

    • Greg - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Chelsea are paying him like $150k/week to sit at home and do nothing, can Spurs match that AND pay Chelsea compensation?

    • mikeevergreen - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Two different words: Bob Bradley.

      • mdac1012 - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        As much as I would love to see Bradley get a big European job, the Spurs would be an awful fit for him. Bradley’s teams don’t usually play the most entertaining style of football, and I know with Spurs fans, the style of play is almost as important as whether they win or lose.

        They should have never have gotten rid of Harry in the first place. I am not a Spurs fan but based on the names out there I would think Di Matteo or a second chance for Glenn Hoddle would be the best choices.

      • bear06 - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:35 AM

        Not gonna happen.

  3. dfstell - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Just hire someone who gets out of the way. It’s a lot easier for a manager to hamper the cause than to help. The number of managers who really help with all their focus on tactics and whatnot is pretty small. Many more managers hurt things by focusing on things that don’t involve the players they have.

    It’s a player centric game. The players know how to play.

  4. doug325 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    The Spurs were in a bit a trouble when they went down 2-0 at the half. They had a slight chance of salvaging a draw until they got hit with that red card. At that point it was all over. The fact is, the Spurs just don’t have any real offense this year. They need either a good set-up guy to give Soldado more scoring chances or a second striker

  5. jrocknstuff - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    What I meant was, the 5-0 scoreline was misleading because of the red card. Yes Tottenham were badly outplayed from the outset. They owned 10 minute stretch coming out of the break, but Liverpool owned the match. However, if AVB were fired based on the 5-0 scoreline then that’s a mistake, because this wasn’t a 5-0 match. Take the red card away and I think this one finishes 3-1.

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