Tottenham Hotspur manager AVB is walking a tightrope following a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, would they prefer former Chelsea boss?
Following the arrival of seven new signings at a cost of £103m in the summer, generated by the sale of talisman and the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale, Spurs sit 9th in the Premier League with a goal difference of a bottom-half team after 12 games played.
Flashback to 2011 and after 12 games played in the Premier League, Villas-Boas’ Chelsea sat 5th in the table with 22 points – 12 points off the leaders and eventual champions that season Manchester City.
The Blues had won 7, lost 4 and drawn one of their 12 games and there seemed no immediate need for panic then but by March 2012, the Blues were still fifth but no less than 20 points behind leaders City after 27 games played and three points off Arsenal in fourth.
Villas-Boas was relieved of his managerial duties and Chelsea went on to finish 6th that season but, crucially, won the Champions League and the FA Cup – Spurs fans will remember the final of the former, which meant they cruelly lost their Champions League spot to the Blues for the next season.
They achieved those titles under Villas-Boas’ assistant Roberto Di Matteo who was replaced the following season after just eight months in charge – replaced by the most unpopular appointment in years in Rafael Benitez.
Di Matteo does not have a club at the moment – one would assume he is waiting for the right opportunity to come along – but, if things don’t pick up under Villas-Boas at Tottenham, would he be an appointment that the fans would welcome?
Di Matteo is less experienced as a manager than Villas-Boas but he is eight years older and has won more in England – he sits up on a platform with Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rafael Benitez as the only managers of English clubs to win the Champions League and only with Ferguson as a manager to win both the FA Cup and Champions League in the same season.
Villas- Boas has not won a title in England and has not won the Champions League –his honours include a Primeira Liga title and two domestic cup titles in Portugal with Porto as well as the Europa League title – all in 2010/11.
His win percentage is 59.9% over his career with Spurs, Chelsea, Porto and Academica Colmbra and British Virgin Islands – Di Matteo’s is 52.3% over the course of his spells with the Blues, West Brom and Milton Keynes Dons. Villas-Boas’ contract runs until 2015 but, at present, it’s difficult to imagine him seeing that out at Tottenham.
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