Some of the key stories surrounding Tottenham Hotspur this Monday evening, as Andre Villas-Boas leaves the club.
The news surrounding Tottenham Hotspur today has been dominated by the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas as head coach.
The sacking came after much speculation surrounding his future at the club, with some reports indicating that he had been on borrowed time, and that some board members didn’t like the direction the club was going in.
In terms of replacements, the bookies have made former England manager Fabio Capello favourite, at 7/2, with Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup second favourite. Former manager Glenn Hoddle and Tim Sherwood are also said to be in the running according to many bookmakers.
According to Goal.com, technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood and striker’s coach Les Ferdinand will take charge of first team affairs for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against West Ham United.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has issued an apology of sorts, or an explanation via Twitter, for a photo posted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto after the Liverpool game appearing to make light of the loss.
I apologise to all Spurs fans who thought from the Assou-Ekotto picture that we were making fun out of the defeat. That picture (...ctd)— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) December 16, 2013
..was taken BEFORE the game.I couldn't have possibly known the score.I would NEVER DO THAT.That pose is how I pose in all my pictures....— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) December 16, 2013
He said: ‘He’s very opinionated in the way he manages teams. I wouldn’t think that was a goer at all because he will want to run the club and buy the players. I don’t know if that will go down well at White Hart Lane.’
Ex-midfielder Darren Anderton told TalkSport that he felt AVB’s problem was perhaps not knowing his best team, but has said the right manager can lead the side to a top four finish this season.
‘It’s a good opportunity for someone to come in because, although it’s a bit of a disappointing period with the way the team have been playing, they’re sat in a position in the Premier League where they can qualify for the Champions League quite easily if they can go and run.’
Whilst all that has been going on, Tottenham were drawn with Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Ukranian side are managed by former Spurs boss Juande Ramos. The first leg will take place on 20th February in Ukraine before the return leg takes place at White Hart Lane on 27th February. The winner will face either PAOK or Benfica in the next round.
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