AVB in better times [Photo: Jav The_DoC_66]

Tottenham Players Shirk Responsibility In Fury At Andre Villas-Boas

I posted a blog this morning saying that the Tottenham players must accept responsibility for their part in Spurs’ shocking performance in the 6 – 0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday. I said that it was too easy for them to hide behind the manager who is receiving the brunt of the blame from fans and in the media.

Then when I read today’s papers, the first story I read in the Daily Mail is about AVB facing a fight to keep his job and that the players are furious at him for suggesting that they should be ashamed of their performance. On Sunday AVB told BBC Sport,

We have to be ashamed of ourselves, and react to a defeat like this.

The highly paid internationals who succumbed at City are upset that their manager said what everyone else was thinking about their performance in the heavy defeat to a rampant City team. If we are honest City could have made it a whole lot worse if they had really wanted to, so weak was the Spurs response to the adversity they faced.

The players are furious! What right have they to feel aggrieved? They’ll still receive their massive salaries and if things don’t suit them at White Hart Lane we all know how they’ll react come January or next summer.

What about the fans? Surely, it’s them who should be furious. Those who gave up their Sunday, at considerable expense, to go to Manchester expecting to see a performance of commitment and application. They would have travelled more in hope than belief that Spurs could win but they at least expected the team to put in the effort and not roll over inside 14 seconds.

Some will say that Villas-Boas was unwise to make such comments to the media, that they should have been kept behind closed doors. On this occasion the display was so poor that the manager needed to acknowledge the shortcomings and the disappointment felt by the fans. At least he had the guts to stand up in front of the media and be honest and accept there was fault.

Direct Fury In Other Directions

The players’ fury at AVB’s comments have only made supporters’ views on the them even worse. Let the manager take the flack, we’ll take cover and forget about it, the future’s bright for us. Rather than direct their fury towards AVB, the players would be better served channelling their anger into an improvement in their performances in future games to ensure they avoid more embarrassing defeats.

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  • Terry McSweeney

    I agree 100%. The players as usuall get all the praise when they win but the manager is expected to take all the blame when they lose.

  • Andrew Pelling

    Where are the quotes from the players or even any quote marks regarding this nonsense of a story. Stop spreading lies.

    • Logan Holmes

      I provided the link to the story written by a reputable, experienced journalist.

  • Frank McPolin

    Much as I like AVB in his post match interview he seemed completely depressed, when a bit of passion and a large slice of anger might be more productive.

    He should be criticising the players MORE after that mess by talking about shaking things up, and saying how Thursday is an opportunity for others to show what they can do. Instead he’s mumbling like a wet fish about things being difficult.

    Top managers mostly back their players, but could you imagine Mourinho or Fergie doing anything other than tearing 12 types of shit out of their squads after that?

  • matt

    This piece of garbage that you are regurgitating, like it’s a fucking gospel, emanates from the Daily Fail, known antagonist of THFC. A low life publication that Daniel Levy at one point banned from our press conferences for printing lies about us. Need I say more? Why do you give any credence to this pathetic tabloid crap? There are no quotes or even fake speech marks from any players, the reason being that the whole piece is complete fantasy. Actual quotes from Daws, Holtby, Verts etc, give every indication that the players feel just as ashamed and humiliated as AVB and the rest of us and are itching to put things right against Man U.

    • Logan Holmes

      The article in the Mail was written buy a reputable, senior journalist who will have contacts to players who will obviously not make a public statement but air their views in private.

      • matt

        I appreciate your reply Logan, however if you believe that tabloid journalists these days are in any way reputable then you are seriously deluded. On occasion, some journalists may have contacts to players that they take the trouble to garner real quotes from, rather than just fabricating the whole story, however most of these two bit hacks fabricate 90% of what they write. If there had been ANY quote, from ANY Spurs player, then it would have been written with speech marks, even if it was off the record and could not be directly attributed to a named source. As there are none then you can be sure that the story is speculative at best, but in all likelihood entirely fabricated and utterly false.

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