Hello Holtby and farewell Frank - The Andre Villas-Boas effect?

André Villas Boas

Have the aftershocks of the Tottenham Hotspur manager's short tenure at Stamford Bridge been critical in Chelsea's decision not to offer a new contract to Frank Lampard?

Tottenham's manager has enjoyed a fine start to the transfer window, with Lewis Holtby saying that Andre Villas-Boas' presence at the club was a key factor in his decision to join them over his other suitors.

The speculation that is currently coming out of Stamford Bridge will also be of interest to the Portuguese manager, as there are rumours that one of the reasons Roman Abramovich is not prepared to offer Frank Lampard a new contract is because of the his behaviour whilst Villas-Boas was in charge.

Unlike Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez, Andre Villas-Boas was selected by Roman Abramovich to build a long term project at the club, perhaps with the hope Chelsea could form a similar unit to that in place at Barcelona. However the Russian owner lost his nerve with the project following a poor run of results and a mutiny amongst the playing staff, with Lampard at the forefront of it.

Abramovich reportedly told the players he blamed them when he sacked Villas-Boas last season, and in seeing the Portuguese manager start well at Spurs, he might feel that his choice would have been vindicated with greater support from the playing staff. The munity could have been seen as partly against Abramovich himself, as Villas-Boas was so clearly his choice after the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti, and this could well be part of the reason that Frank Lampard is not going to receive a contract offer from Chelsea.

As for Villas-Boas at Tottenham, his management has just been given some hearty backing by Lewis Holtby, who said that he joined Spurs partly because of their "insanely good manager." Spurs also have a batch of good young players, and Villas-Boas might be able to realise the project he was unable to even really start at Chelsea.

This being football it could all change again before the end of the month, but the events of recent weeks have continued the rehabilitation of Villas-Boas’ image in English football, and if he can mastermind Spurs to a Champions League finish, then he will have all but erased the unhappy time spent at Stamford Bridge.

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