Andre Villas Boas was sacked yesterday in the aftermath of the heavy defeat to Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur have spent £107 million this summer and I assume that the Tottenham board feel like the team are under-acheiving.
While the situation down the road is hilarious, I do raise a serious question – did Andre Villas Boas deserve the sack?
I ask because while they’re having a terrible time of it at the moment, they are only 8 points behind league leaders Arsenal, and his win percentage has been well-publicised as the best of any Premier League Tottenham manager.
He was hugely successful at Porto, winning the Europa League, Portuguese league and Portuguese cup. Since then however, he’s had disastrous spells at Chelsea and now Tottenham.
The problem is he’s never been at a team for more than 2 seasons. He was at Academica for one season, Porto for one season, Chelsea for less than one season and Tottenham for a season and a half. He’s never built for the future.
And critics of AVB always find flaws in his Europa League success. On the road to the title, he never played a side from England, Italy, France, Germany or Holland, and only one from Spain.
And others will point out that they only “almost” achieved 4th spot in the Premier League this season because of Gareth Bale.
So what do you think? Is he a talented manager who was shown the door too early?
Or is he vastly overrated and too young to be considered a top manager?