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AVB was undervalued in London, according to AVB

Jan 15, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

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Remember Andre Villas-Boas? I hope so, as it’s only been a handful of weeks since the 36-year-old was sacked by Spurs after failing to cash in with this summer’s crop of expensive Tottenham transfer buys.

But that’s not why he was let go by Spurs, if you ask him, and it’s the same reason he was booted from Chelsea before Roberto di Matteo used his roster to win the Champions League and the FA Cup in the same year as his Stamford Bridge ouster.

If you ask Villas-Boas, they just didn’t appreciate him, something he aims to rectify in his next hiring.

“I have learnt that it has to fit 100%, and the club has to value the coach.”

It fits his personality to pass the buck. A simple search of his name on our site finds a bevy of stories that recall just how pugnacious he was in the press (though to be fair there were many who considered his treatment by the media quite unfair).

Linked with AC Milan and Schalke 04 recently despite his sackings in London, he did manage Spurs to their highest point total ever, Villas-Boas says he’ll be laying low and “recharging his batteries.” He spent some time this month watching Pep Guardiola conduct winter training

  1. lyleoross - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Tottenham put up with AVB longer than most clubs will put up with a manager who is under-performing. AVB has a vision based in highly technical play, where the man on the field is playing a highly defined role. Playing such a role is hard unless it is what you’ve always done. It requires playing by a set of rules as opposed to playing by instinct and a body learned style. Any notion that you are going to get the best of a player’s ability under those conditions is crazy. To succeed, you need a player who’s natural and lifetime learned style fits what AVB wants. You can build players into such a team, but you have to start from scratch, or be willing to build over a multi-season period. What EPL team can afford that?

    The underlying problem is that AVB is living in a dream world where he has the time to mold players into his vision over a long period of time. The reality is that a manager has to balance his vision against what he has, and can buy. AVB was unable to compromise, and utilize what he had, while building slowly into his vision. He is not the first manager to be caught in that position.

    • eal2yf - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      To be considered a ‘big’ club, you have to look at the long-term effects of your decisions. Sacking a manager thats brought the club to its best win percentage in over a century is a short-sighted, impatient, and downright stupid decision. This isn’t cardiff city or fulham we’re talking about – Tottenham has been clawing to be a consistant top 4 threat for the last decade. Historically speaking, theyre extremely lucky to have transitioned to a new manager so smoothly as to still be top-5 in the BPL (no one calls it EPL anymore, btw).

      I actually can’t wait to see where AVB ends up come the 2014-15 season – and how they fair against tottenham given the chance to meet (i predict AVB ousting tottenham at every meeting with them until the end of his career, simply out of spite, and becoming the next Jose Mourinho-esque manager in the process)

  2. indubitably14 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    It’s very easy to write him off, but it doesn’t require Sherlockian observational skills to see that AVB is an excellent manager considering his age and the fact that he never played professional football. Here are the facts:

    84.48 win percentage with Porto.
    3 trophies- the treble (Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup, & Europa League) undefeated the entire season.
    Highest win percentage of any Spurs manager since 1899.
    72-Record points total for the Spurs (in AVB’s first season).
    3-The number of proven players AVB asked for, but didn’t get (Hulk, David Villa, Moutinho).
    7-The number of mediocre players AVB got, but didn’t ask for.
    4-The number of months that AVB got to create a TEAM from all these new players.
    5-The number of points away from a Top Four finish at the time of his sacking.
    Infinite-the number of articles from the British media that try to portray AVB as a bad manager.

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