Andre Villas-Boas was today relieved of his duties as Spurs manager following a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool
Some sackings catch you by surprise and you think the manager has been unfairly treated. Take Steve Clarke's sacking at West Bromwich Albion for example. No one saw that coming, and it seems a very harsh sacking given the fact they finished eighth last year. However whether it's right or wrong, I don't think anyone is too surprised to see AVB depart White Hart Lane.
A 5-0 thrashing at home to one of your title rivals is not acceptable, and it was inevitable that today Andre Villas-Boas would be sacked by a London club for the second time in his career.
Andre Villas-Boas spent an enormous amount of money this summer, breaking Tottenham's transfer record on three occasions with the signings of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela. Unfortunately out of those three signings only Paulinho has really settled down in the Premier League. Spurs brought in a lot of high profile players, and they have yet to show why they were worth their huge transfer fees. The gelling process of a new bunch of players is an indefinite period. It is safe to say that AVB never quite found his first XI, and the new additions had not yet adapted to the English game.
Spurs spent well over £100m in the summer, funded by the sale of Gareth Bale mainly, and therefore the pressure was on the manager to improve on last season's fifth place finish. A 6-0 defeat to Manchester City mounted the pressure and Sunday's loss to Liverpool proved to be the final straw for Daniel Levy. But where do Spurs turn to now? A new manager will want to make his own stamp on the team which will probably involve bringing in more players.
There already seems to be too many players in the Tottenham squad, and given that their summer signings have yet to reach their potential, bringing in more doesn't seem to be the right answer to their problems. Is there much more cash in the transfer kitty at White Hart Lane? They wouldn't want to throw more cash about this season. The new manager may be encouraged to sell on a few players before making his own moves. It wouldn't surprise me if one or two high profile players left on loan too.
It will be interesting to see who the Tottenham board bring in and how they will approach the situation.
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