Andre Villas-Boas did not receive enough time during what was ultimately a short-lived tenure to prove himself at Tottenham Hotspur, according to prominent social media expert and long-serving Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand, 35.
According to data available from the League Manager's association, the average duration a full-time head coach occupies a senior role in the Premier League is just 1.91 seasons and would be far lower if it were not held up by the anomaly at Arsenal that is Arsene Wenger, who has bossed the Emirates Stadium side for 17 seasons.
Villas-Boas, only a year older than Ferdinand at 36, was in charge at Spurs for 17 months and amassed a 55 win percentage, a ratio without parallel in the modern era and bettered only by Arthur Turner for a four year spell in the mid-1940s and Frank Brettell who took charge of 63 matches between 1898 and 1899.
Ferdinand claims that Villas-Boas was technically gifted an injection of £100m-worth of talent in the summer following the world record breaking exit of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid but did not get the just time to work with the new players.
Villas boas sacked too...has sacking managers season started...managers don't get anytime these days..spend 100m & watch sum1 else takeover!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 16, 2013
Ferdinand also remarked that arguably the greatest talent that Spurs acquired in the summer market has been unavailable for selection due to injury, Christian Eriksen.
Just last season the Danish creative midfielder was responsible for returning 17 assists and ten goals from 33 Eredivisie matches (one goal/assist produced every 106 minutes of league football) and, considering the scarcity of goals at White Hart Lane, it is obvious - especially to Ferdinand - that the 21-year-old has been missed.
AvB been unlucky his most promising signing has been injured for the most part...Eriksen.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 16, 2013
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