The Portuguese coach had a big job when he went into the club and had a lot to overcome, and it got even bigger this season.
The writing had been on the wall for a good few weeks it seemed for Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham.
But you could argue that it was never really going to work for the Portuguese man. The only time anyone had seen him in English football was his doomed tenure in the Chelsea dugout after a successful reign at Porto – and as Jamie Redknapp said, he was probably lucky to get the Spurs job in the first place.
Couple the fact he was replacing one of the more popular figures in the English game in Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane he was always going to be up against it, especially given that Redknapp had managed to lead Tottenham into the Champions League, and get them into the quarter finals. Not only was he popular with the fans, so much so that some want him to return judging by some of the early reaction, but he remains a popular figure in the media.
Redknapp himself said that Villas-Boas should have been given time to turn things around to TalkSport this morning, saying: ‘I think people are overreacting too quickly. You lose a couple of games now and you’re in trouble, it shouldn’t be like that.
‘You either think somebody is good at their job or not when you appoint someone who should give them time and let them do the job.
‘It’s far too early for people to start wanting to pull the plug on him, you’ve got to give him time and see what he can do.’
Time is one of the other big factors. Whilst people will say that Gareth Bale papered over so many cracks with his wonderful performances, that is probably due to the fact that AVB wanted the side to revolve around their best player.
Now with him gone, and several new player arriving at the club, it was always going to take time for whoever was in charge to find out who is the best player to build the team around, as well as given all the new arrivals time to adapt to the side. The squad has undergone a major overhaul in players – and injuries have perhaps struck at the wrong time AVB in the defensive area which did seem pretty strong for much of the season.
The side is five points off fourth spot which is a gap that can certainly be made up over the course of the remaining 22 games, and is still in all of the cup competitions. Maybe it didn’t really matter how close to contention Spurs were for what they regard for success this season, and it just wasn’t meant to be for AVB.
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