Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed from his post at White Hart Lane following a 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.
The 36-year-old Portuguese coach was relieved of his duties as Tottenham manager just 16 games into the season following an outlay of £107 million this summer, generated for the most part by the sale of word record transfer Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Villas-Boas under the guidance and facility of chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Franco Baldini brought in seven new players this summer but failed to get the new squad and team functioning together cohesively.
In charge of Chelsea prior to his appointment at Spurs, Villas-Boas lost the dressing room as a number of senior players became disillusioned with his style of management but with Spurs over the course of his 18 months in charge Villas-Boas appeared to have the full support of his players – he certainly seemed to get the best out the world’s most expensive player.
What seems to have been his stumbling block was two major defeats to Manchester City where Spurs lost 6-0 last month and then, the final straw, at White Hart Lane last weekend in their disastrous 5-0 defeat, which spelled the end of Villas-Boas’ time at Tottenham.
However, Villas-Boas actually had the highest Premier League win percentage of any Tottenham manager in the history of the competitions. Villas-Boas won 53.7% of his Premier League games in charge of Spurs and, across all competitions; he remains Tottenham’s most winning manager with 56.3% wins in all competitions. That is actually Spurs’ highest winning manager this century and last, since 1899.
Last term Tottenham were disappointed to finish 5th on the last day of the season, just a point behind Arsenal to whom they lost out on a Champions League qualification place but, crucially, under Villas-Boas Spurs put more points on the board than they have ever done in the Premier League – 72 points ought to have been enough but, alas, it wasn’t. Furthermore, Villas-Boas won 100% of his European matches in charge of Tottenham this season – eight wins out of eight.
Overall, the boss clearly lost the faith of the fans and the patience of the chairman but in the months to come I wonder whether those in charge of the club may feel they were slightly reactionary in their choice to dismiss him so soon – his record is unrivalled in terms of previous Spurs managers and, whilst of course there is always room for improvement, it’s difficult to imagine anyone else having done all that much better with the time and resources available.
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