Is Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham Hotspur job at risk?

A 6-0 defeat does not look pretty for Tottenham Hotspur, so how safe is the manager's job?

The hire 'em and fire 'em nature of football, combined with social media and fans demanding instant results does not make for an easy backdrop for Premier League coaches.

However life is not helped when a team travels to a team they would consider title rivals and are smashed 6-0.

Supporters began tweeting #AVBOut to express their dissatisfaction, with the club conceding as many goals in the Premier League in one game as they had done the previous 11.

A statistic like that indicates that the result was a bit of an anomaly, for Tottenham at least - but even beforehand life is far from rosy. Spurs have scored just nine goals in the league all season, the same number as newly promoted Hull City.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said he was 'embarrassed' at the scoreline, and rightfully so, but he is not the only high profile boss to be on the end of a thrashing in recent years.

Rival manager Arsene Wenger saw his side humiliated 8-2 by Manchester United in 2011, but bounced back to win a Champions League place, while the Red Devils were themselves walloped 6-1 at home by Manchester City weeks later - yet still finished level on points with the victors. Even Spurs have been defeated 5-2 in consecutive seasons by Arsenal.

And that is the clue for AVB, it is not the defeat which will determine his future, but what happens next.

Next weekend's match against Manchester United comes at an opportune time. A win, courtesy of an own goal, deflection, or sizzling Soldado hat-trick will begin to put Spurs back on track, and answer their critics in an appropriately high profile manner.

Six goals does not look good, but three points lost is the same as three points gained the next week.

That isn't to say AVB should not be concerned. Chairman Daniel Levy has demonstrated a ruthless streak over the past decade, as Martin Jol and Juande Ramos, both sacked in Autumn, will testify - and even Harry Redknapp was told quite curtly it was time up.

Firing the manager after such a spending spree in the summer does not sound as crazy it may, as it was entirely financed via player sales - with Spurs actually ending up £3 million in profit. 

If there is a new manager who can do better, and Michael Laudrup's name has ambitiously been mentioned by some, then we don't doubt tough negotiator Levy working out how to make it happen.

The Tottenham boss has a right to be worried, a defeat like this shines a spotlight on the entire club and himself, but it is possible to ride out the storm

However his job should now officially be marked 'at risk', because if the team now begins to slide down a slope rather than ascending back up the table, a P45 could be heading his way far sooner than he could ever have expected.

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