Villas-Boas reflects on experience of managing Tottenham Hotspur

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Andre Villas-Boas still thinks positively about his time at White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas-Boas could understandably have defined his time at Tottenham Hotspur as a frustrating period in his career, but he insists it was an experience that he needed to progress.

Villas-Boas was given just one full season at White Hart Lane before being sacked midway through his second campaign in charge after seemingly losing control of the squad.

Spurs suffered a number of heavy defeats during the early part of the 2013-14 campaign and it led to the Portuguese boss losing his job in December. 

It was a brief stay for the 37-year-old manager, but he says that his time at Tottenham has helped him develop as a manager. 

"I don't look at my time at Tottenham as a negative experience," he is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. "It was an experience I needed to have.”

Things had looked to be going so well for Villas-Boas in his first season when the club appeared to progress under his stewardship. 

With Gareth Bale as their talisman, Spurs achieved their highest ever points total in the Premier League, but they failed to keep up that standard the following year. 

After losing Bale to Real Madrid, Villas-Boas failed to bring in any quality to compensate for the Welshman's loss and that misplaced expenditure ultimately cost him his job. 

Since being sacked by Tottenham, the former Porto man has taken charge at Zenit St. Petersburg, where he has made a good start.

Although the Russian side failed to qualify from their Champions League group, they have been dominant in domestic action and look certain to claim the title. 

Villas-Boas has been linked with the Liverpool job in recent times with Brendan Rodgers coming under pressure, but he has insisted that a return to England is something which doesn't interest him. 

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