Over the past weeks there has been much speculation on Andre Villas-Boas‘ future at Tottenham. The media rumours reached a highpoint following the defeat to Manchester City with names being put forward as possible candidates to replace the Spurs manager. Tottenham’s results in the last three league games should have calmed the furore but a tweet posted by journalist, Duncan Castles has reignited the speculation. Journalist Duncan Castles, who writes for many publications, including the Sunday Times, tweeted the following concerning Andre Villas-Boas’ position at Spurs. https://twitter.com/DuncanCastles/status/409964793110343680 Writing on sulia, Castles gave further details suggesting that the relationship between Villas-Boas and the Chairman, Daniel Levy, had broken down. He writes that the situation is so bad that it is suggested that the coach would leave White Hart Lane by the summer. It is said, according to a friend of the manager, that AVB believes that he would have been replaced already only for a hefty penalty clause in his contract that was agreed in the summer of 2012. It is thought that Tottenham are already considering names of possible replacements. Bad News! This is the worst possible news about the club and Andre Villas-Boas. I sincerely hope that it is wrong. If this type of rumour persists and is allowed to gain momentum Spurs will be in a situation similar to the last season under Harry Redknapp when the season fell away with widespread speculation about Redknapp taking up the England post. The uncertainty created then was one of the factors which brought the team to its knees and from a position of strength Spurs failed to gain the Champions League place of which they had seemed certain. Andre Villas-Boas has the best stats of any Tottenham manager as illustrated on the table from myfootballfacts.com.
Having spent so much money to bring in seven new players and with only 15 matches played and Tottenham in 6th place, only three points from second placed Liverpool, it seems incredible that this type of rumour has surfaced again. Ten days ago AVB had ‘lost the dressing room’ according to the media. The players rallied and showed in their performances in the last three games that they were pulling together as a team, having recovered from going behind in both of their away games at Fulham and Sunderland. That should have been enough to quell all rumours but now this has come up at the busiest period of the season with the holiday fixtures, Europa League and Cup games following quickly after one another from now to the end of January.
Daniel Levy [Photo: Alan Hill]
Tottenham are well aware of the problems associated with the instability of constantly changing their manager. We have lived with it since the mid-1990s and many of the managers had to be replaced because the team was failing. Now midway through a season with Spurs 6th in the League, having already won their Europa League group and in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, there is talk of yet another change of manager. It is simply incredible, beyond belief. If this speculation were to be proved correct and that the manager and Chairman have fallen out, perhaps Mr Levy should consider his position as he has been unable to work with a number of the managers who have been at White Hart Lane during his time in charge. I’m sure Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t the easiest to work with at Old Trafford but he survived for 27 years, Arsene Wenger has his moments at Arsenal and is still there. So put whatever the issues are behind you, Daniel, and get on with it for the sake of Spurs! All such rumours and speculation are only a distraction to the real business of Tottenham – the players going out and winning football matches – nothing else is important.