Will AVB fall victim to the Tottenham manager's curse?


Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping he doesn’t fall victim to a trend which has plagued Tottenham managers of the recent past.

Tottenham have made their decision and the dust has settled as AVB departs and Spurs move onto their next adventure under a new boss.

AVB may already be thinking about his next project and hopefully he won’t fall victim to the curse which has plagued Tottenham managers in the recent past.

Of the last nine permanent Tottenham Hotspur managers, only Christian Gross has gone on to achieve remarkable success following his time in charge at White Hart Lane.

Take a look at the pattern.

Ossie Ardiles (1993-1994)

The popular Argentinian went on to manage a staggering 11 sides following his time in charge of Tottenham, spending no longer than three years at any one club.

Gerry Francis (1994-1997)

Francis went on to manage Queens Park Rangers and his last club was Bristol Rovers. He had a winning percentage of just 28.8% at QPR and 29% at Bristol Rovers.

Christian Gross (1997-1998)

The exception to the rule, every pattern needs to have one. Gross won eight trophies during his time with FC Basel.

George Graham (1998-2001)

Sacked in 2001 for allegedly breaching his contract at the time. He hasn’t managed since.

Glenn Hoddle (2001-2003)

Went on to manage Wolves in 2004 until he was sacked in 2006 with the second lowest winning percentage as a manager at a club in his career. He hasn’t managed since.

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Jacques Santini (2004)

Didn’t spend long at the club at all, just 13 games to be precise. He went on to manage Auxerre between 2005-2006, was sacked and hasn’t managed since.

Martin Jol (2004-2007)

A popular character with some Tottenham fans because of his big and bright personality. He spent time with three clubs following his reign at Spurs; Hamburg, Ajax and Fulham, winning just one trophy at Ajax. Sacked at Fulham after a poor start to this season.

Juande Ramos (2007-2008)

Seems to have found his feet at Dnipro but was sacked by Real Madrid, a little over half a year in charge following his spell with Tottenham.

Harry Redknapp (2008-2012)

Another popular figure still with Spurs fans but not exempt from the Spurs curse; his first job after Tottenham was Queens Park Rangers, promptly relegated with him at the helm.

Here’s to AVB doing a Gross, just not at a club which could hurt Tottenham.

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