The lack of goals and style by the Spurs team who were lacking the inspiration which Gareth Bale brought the the team last season and took the club to a record number of points in the Premier League era. It was insufficient to take Spurs into the Champions League and so Bale departed to Real Madrid in the summer.
The summer transfers resulted in 7 new players arriving at the Lane but none have really showed their true form as they adjusted to the pressure of the Premier League and life in England.
Andre Villas-Boas arrived at Tottenham in July, 2012 as replacement for Harry Redknapp but had the burden of failure at Chelsea to carry with him. He always conducted himself in a very proper and dignified manner and appeared to have won over the media who had hounded him while at Stamford Bridge. The problem re-appeared a couple of weeks ago when AVB accused some reporters of having an agenda against him.
Spurs recovered from the City defeat but succumbed against Liverpool. They were never in the game, a match Spurs needed to win to keep in touch with the top teams. Such was the display that I was left asking the question why do I continue to spend so much time and effort supporting Spurs, a question I rarely ask myself.
There have been rumours for some weeks that all has not been well between AVB and the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy. The nature of the performance and the defeat to Liverpool brought matters to a head and Tottenham announced that Andre Villas-Boas was no longer their manager.