AVB sacked: did he deserve to be?

Andre Villas-Boas has been dismissed as Tottenham boss; was it a fair decision?

Tottenham suffered a demoralising 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, with Andre Villas-Boas losing his job as a result.

Spurs are failing to live up to their billing and due to the sheer amount of spending in the summer, the White Hart Lane hierarchy ran out of patience with the Portuguese manager.

But, did AVB deserve to be sacked?


There is certainly a case to suggest that the former Chelsea man deserved to be shown the door. The sheer one-sidedness of the defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool have added embarrassment to a side chasing a top-four place.

The lack of attacking potency and terrible home form add to the case, with AVB’s refusal to change his 4-2-3-1 system also suggested as a source of the team’s current woes.

Given the amount of money that was spent on new players and the quality of the squad at his disposal, AVB did not have the team living up to its potential.


Although the big defeats to City and Liverpool were debilitating, they can almost be explained. Manuel Pellegrini’s men just put six past Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium also, and are ruthless at home. The Reds have the form striker in the land in their forward line, while Spurs are crippled with defensive injuries.

Despite the amount of money spent in the summer, the players brought in were all foreign and are still adjusting to their new environments. The club is still trying to recover from the sale of the world’s most expensive player – something that every side in England would take time to adapt to.

Villas-Boas led Spurs to the club’s record points total in Premier League history last season, but needed time to progress the club after radical personnel changes in the summer.

image: © hollidaypics

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch