It has been announced this morning that Tottenham Hotspur have parted company with manager Andre Villas-Boas by ‘mutual consent’.
This phrase is a loosely used one however, with more than one or two people suspecting it is more to do with the 6-0 and 5-0 thrashings from Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. The latter was yesterday’s game at White Hart Lane and it appears a worst home defeat in 16 years was enough to end the Portuguese manager’s tenure at the club.
Just a few weeks ago everything seemed rosy at The Lane, with Spurs enjoying their best ever Premier League start while sitting excitingly close to the top of the table. I won’t go as far as saying that everyone was happy however, with grumbles of discontent echoing round the stands even then. The need for attractive football is so strong that ignorance to other factors clouds the vision of on field actions.
The real problem for AVB was the spending of the Gareth Bale millions in summer. Whether or not the club is sent into the red, once £100 million is spent results are expected to go a certain way. These results seemed to be going in the right direction until the wheels came of at the City of Manchester Stadium. Even after that game they won three games out of three, scoring eight goals. Three games, though, is not a big enough buffer between high score thumping’s such as the ones suffered.
The Spurs website had almost nothing to say after the news broke, just wishing their former manager the best in the future. Maybe not enough for a man that lead the club to a highest ever points total before being robbed of his best player and seeing him replaced by those around him.