Lord Sugar launched an astonishing Twitter attack on Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham were dumped out of the Europa League by Basel.
If Lord Sugar was still the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur today, we wouldn’t all be talking about that penalty miss by Emmanuel Adebayor, we’d be talking about the premature sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.
While AVB praised his team for their European run, Tottenham’s former chairman called for his head, suggesting the Portuguese coach had no tactical ability and was very lucky. He is very, very wrong.
@Lord_Sugar - AVB should be fired.no tactics.Been lucky up till now with results.how can he put Huddleston as pen taker.Then Adebayor you knew would miss.
All teams need a little bit of luck to go on a decent run in a European competition but AVB has done superbly in terms of managing his squad and getting Spurs through one tie to the next, strengthening their reputation around Europe.
Tactically, he is as good as many other managers in Europe, which suggests that Sugar’s comments were born out of complete frustration and disappointment at the club’s European exit.
It just came down to the lottery of a penalty shoot out where anything can happen, Spurs weren’t played off the park and they weren’t poor enough to be thrashed over normal time by a side that defeated Manchester United in the Champions League.
It’s frankly a ridiculous claim by someone who used to control the football club from the very top but clearly he’s lost touch with a little bit of the reality, which currently surrounds Spurs.
Domestically the club stands a very good chance of finishing in the Champions League places, which will give AVB and the fans a journey which could be a lot more exciting than the Europa League and will definitely be a lot more challenging.
A top four finish would also give Spurs a much better chance of tooling up ahead of next season, with AVB the man in the best position to tell the current chairman Daniel Levy, the exact sort of players needed to push the side on another level.
AVB also seems to have the complete respect of his players, which has allowed the club to be as successful as they have been this season, not something he was able to enjoy during his time at Chelsea.
It’s that respect the players have for him, which also gives the club the best possible chance of hanging onto key players like Gareth Bale this summer, when other managers would sanction a multi-million pound deal, just for the prospect of having a massive transfer kitty to spend in the summer.
If the club did as Sugar suggests and sacked AVB, Spurs would probably slide outside the top four, meaning no Champions League and no chance of better players coming in as well as the departure of Bale. Good job he doesn’t have a say really.
What do you make of Sugar’s Twitter antics?
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