Did Villas-Boas do better at Tottenham than at Chelsea?

Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas was sacked from his post as Tottenham manager after 18 months in charge at White Hart Lane.

The 36-year-old had arrived at Tottenham in July 2012 just four months after being dismissed from charge at Chelsea where he was employed for eight months. The Blues parted company with the manager and went on to win the Champions League and FA Cup under the leadership of Roberto Di Matteo who had been Villas-Boas’ assistant during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas had a higher win percentage with Tottenham than he did with Chelsea in the Premier League – he won 53.7% of his league games in charge of Spurs compared to 48.1% in charge of Chelsea.

The Blues kept him on for just 27 Premier League games compared to Tottenham’s 54 league games under his charge. Villas-Boas actually recorded the highest winning percentage since 1899 with Tottenham – not one of their managers this century or last won more that 53.7% of their Premier League games.

In fact, Villas-Boas recorded more points in the Premier League with Tottenham than Spurs had ever achieved before in the competition finishing 5th place with 72 points on the board. With Chelsea Villas-Boas recorded 46 points across 27 games in the league before being dismissed.

At Chelsea Villas-Boas lost the dressing room – the senior figures and star players seemed disillusioned with his management methods and philosophy but at White Hart Lane the boss seemed to lose the fans and, subsequently, the faith of the chairman Daniel Levy.

Overall, the Portuguese coach performed much better during his time at Tottenham that he did at Chelsea – he was indeed given more time to implement his ideas and system at White Hart Lane than he was at Stamford Bridge but I suspect he’ll be more disappointed at his sacking from Spurs than he was with the Blues seeing as he’d been working with the squad and the staff longer and likely had higher hopes of bringing his ideas to realization at Spurs.

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