Andre Villas-Boas sends surprise message to Tottenham on Instagram, fans respond

New Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas Boas

Andre Villas-Boas still thinks well of his time at Tottenham.

New Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas BoasFormer Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas Boas

Andre Villas-Boas was a controversial appointment at Tottenham Hotspur in 2012, landing the job months after his dismissal from Chelsea.

With memories of his Porto success still then fresh in the memory, Spurs took a gamble on his appointment, and briefly it seemed to work.

He appeared to have Tottenham building progressively, recording their highest ever league points total, before Gareth Bale's sale and poorly bought replacements saw them begin to unravel and Villas-Boas out of a job.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas looks dejected after 5-0 defeat to LiverpoolEx-Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas looks dejected after 5-0 defeat to Liverpool

Four years on, and there are no hard feelings from Villas-Boas towards Tottenham as a club, no matter what he might think of chairman Daniel Levy, blasting him in The Mirror last year.

He sent a message on Instagram yesterday reflecting on his time at the club.

It read: "A football friend of mine once told me "you can't say no to a club like Tottenham its history the passion the Lane!"

"He was totally right! On July 2012 I joined Spurs! #lookingback #career#lifeasacoach #20years #tottenham"

Villas-Boas went on to manage Zenit St Peterburg in Russia, leading them to a league title and domestic cup, and is now coaching in China with Shanghai SIPG.

AVB's efforts at White Hart Lane remain appreciated, even if his tenure had a somewhat harsh ending, rightly or wrongly.

Fans responded to his message by wishing him well...

  • mleeyauman888 I wasn't happy you left the club, can't have been the results as we were not fair off top spot at the time and it was so early in the season. The club went forwards with you then back when you left with some bad decisions. When a club gives you 7 new players, they should have given you another season. @officialavb I admire your work!
  • christagigram I loved you at #spurs especially the #bromance with #bale
  • ilsleyj Top man Andre , always welcome back at the lane . #WeIsUs
  • christospur Thanks for all your hard work & for the great season we had
  • sammy_limpichatiThanks for everything wish u all success #COYS

How do you reflect on Villas-Boas' time in charge at Spurs?

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