Spurs fringe player: None of us were happy to see AVB go

Brad Friedel has stated that the Tottenham squad had respect for the dismissed manager, and wanted him to stay at the club.

Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Tottenham manager on Monday after his side were beaten 5-0 by Liverpool on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

Although speculation over will replace him at the north London club is rife, the dust has not yet settled on the Spurs squad.

Brad Friedel, who lost his starting role with the club after the purchase of Hugo Lloris, has said that the entire squad was sad to see the Portuguese trainer relieved of his duties.

“I think all the players in the changing room really wanted things to work out for Andre,” the American goalkeeper told Fox Sports.

“From day one that he came to the club, (he had an) open door policy, very good communication with the players. None of us were happy to see him go.

“We still have to continue to have a very good team spirit, which I know we will. We have a lot of quality in the changing room.

“I’m sure the board are going to be hiring a very good manager to take us forward, who the players will all be behind again, because, at the end of the day, we are employed by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, not by the manager they’re bringing in.”

The fact that a fringe player has come out praising AVB is a testament to the players’ thoughts on their former boss, but unfortunately the Portuguese trainer was not given the required time to turn things around.

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