VIDEO: AVB's worst 5 moments of the season

Off-the-field incidents were as much to blame for Andre Villas-Boas' sacking as Tottenham Hotspur manager as his side's poor performances on the pitch.

We don't want to stick the knife in here - but Andre Villas-Boas has truly had a season to forget.

Not only have results worked against the Portuguese boss on the pitch, off-the-field incidents have haunted him almost every week of the campaign.

Indeed, the two are as much to blame for his dismissal as Tottenham boss as each other.

So in case you were wondering, here are AVB's worst five moments:

5. Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham have scored just 15 goals in 16 Premier League games this season - yet Villas-Boas was intent on freezing one of his well-paid strikers out from the very start of the campaign.

Despite picking up a wealthy pay cheque every week, Emmanuel Adebayor was made to train with the "development squad" for the majority of the season. All thanks to AVB.

4. The fans

Villas-Boas wouldn't be Villas-Boas if he didn't have a go at the fans. He did so during his time as Chelsea manager and alarm bells would have been ringing when he did it after Tottenham's 1-0 win over Hull this season.

A little note for next time, Andre: the fans pay your wages.

3. Hugo Lloris

More classic Villas-Boas: during the Hugo Lloris saga earlier this campaign, AVB's stubbornness almost cost his goalkeeper dearly, after he clashed with Everton's Romelu Lukaku and suffered concussion.

Villas-Boas opted to keep him on the pitch thereafter, promptly criticising the highly-rated doctors who advised him to do otherwise. Buthen - as if to parody himself - AVB rested the French shot stopper the very next game!

2. Hit for 11

Despite any issues Villas-Boas may have had off the pitch, however, football is a results business. And AVB would have been more than forgiven for his public outbursts had results gone his way.

Sadly, they did not. The 6-0 defeat at Manchester City was the first nail in the coffin - and the 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool sealed the deal.

1. Row with reporters

A new low for the Tottenham boss, after his side's 2-2 draw with Manchester United, AVB sought a personal argument with Daily Mail reporter Neil Ashton and went on to contradict himself more than once.

By this point, Villas-Boas had collected a clean sweep of rowing with his bosses, fans, players and the media.

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