This is the end. At 11:03 on 16th December 2013, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed via social media that the club had parted company with Portuguese Head Coach, André Villas-Boas. The former Porto and Chelsea Manager enjoyed just over a season in charge at White Hart Lane, guiding the club to a fifth place finish in his first year, a mere point off fourth place.
However, his second season didn’t turn out so good. After losing talisman Gareth Bale and replacing the outgoings with seven new, foreign players. After a shaky start to the year, Spurs settled and went on a run of wins. However, a 3-0 loss at home to West Ham, the pressure on André mounted. Weeks later, we went on a four game winless streak including a loss at home to Newcastle and a 6-0 drubbing at the Etihad Stadium put serious pressure on the shoulders of Villas-Boas.
However, a steady recovery and a four game unbeaten run took some of the weight of the Spurs boss. This ended at White Hart Lane on 15th December when Liverpool humiliated André Villas-Boas’ side 5-0 and was the Portuguese man’s last game in charge at Spurs. Despite his short tenure, he was a marmite manager. Many fans were against Harry Redknapp’s dismissal in 2012 and did not give ‘AVB’ a chance to succeed. With the constant abuse of fans and many journalists – namely Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail – he was under pressure from the off.
He may not have won us a trophy or guided us to a successful league finish but he was an astute man who had a plan. The summer spending spree showed his vision for the future however his time at the helm was cut short by Daniel Levy after an ‘unsuccessful’ start to the new season. We now begin a search for a new manager, many of which are not available. Whoever this may be, it is essential he is backed by fans, the players and the board to give any chance of success.
Finally, I’d like to thank André for his services to the club. He had a 55% win record and created some fantastic memories. His making of Gareth Bale was a phenomenal achievement and both Gareth and André deserve massive credit for this. The signings he made leave us in good stead for the future and the next manager will have to make very few adjustments to a supremely talented squad. I wish him every success for the future and hope he finds success, be it in the Premier League or elsewhere in Europe. Thank you André and good luck.
Come On You Spurs!