If you were to believe Andre Villas-Boas this week one man who is synonymous with the words ‘You’re fired’ would like to see those words uttered to the boss of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
Alan Sugar, or Lord Sugar, is famous for making his fortune from the Amstrad computing company and for his television work on The Apprentice.
But he also once owned Tottenham Hotspur FC and acted as their chairman until selling the club to ENIC in 2001 and during his time with the club many often accused him of treating it as a business venture rather than a football team.
Former players such as Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann and former manager Terry Venables all publicly denounced Sugar in the past.
But he still considers himself a Spurs fan, and was just one of many very upset by the recent 6-0 defeat against Manchester City.
But his consistent critique of AVB’s work did not sit well with the Portuguese manager - who said this after the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at the weekend:
“It is their team [Tottenham fans], their passion and they don't trade it for anything else, not like Alan Sugar who trades it for money.”
It came after a week when there was a rather obsessive approach in the press toward reports of an imminent AVB departure - which left the boss claiming an ‘agenda’ against him.
But tonight he will have one fan on his side, in Lord Sugar himself.
The club travel across London today to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage and seeing as Sugar is based in the area he will be popping in to cheer his team on - including the boss, who he referred to, with tongue probably firmly placed in his cheek, as a ‘new friend’.
His arse-about-face compliment then took a turn when he suggested he would hope to see a Spurs Premier League win - because he hadn’t seen one in a while.
Here is the Tweet…
I am off to Craven Cottage tonight to support the team and my new friend AVB to see Spurs pick up a PL win. We haven't had one for a while.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) December 4, 2013
image: © Tom Cuppens