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#AVBout? Why Spurs Blogger Feels It Might Be Time Villas-Boas To Go

In the wake of Spurs 6-0 humbling by Man City, Spurs Blogger gives us his thoughts on why it might be time to consider Andre Villas-Boas’ future at the club.

In the wake of Tottenham’s 6-0 humbling by Manchester City, ‘Spurs Blogger‘ gives us his thoughts on why it might be time to consider Andre Villas-Boas’ future at the club.

Andre Villas-Boas

Just a quick note, this post isn’t going to be directly about the embarrassing 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City, as I have been unable to watch the whole match yet, that report will come tomorrow. What I am however going to talk about is the concept of possibly replacing Andre Villas Boas.

Many fans have claimed that calls for his sacking are premature and ‘childish’, but looking back, all the way to last season, the signs were always there that the AVB plan was destined for failure.

AVB was infamously sacked by Chelsea for being incapable for controlling the big egos at the club. Tottenham, meanwhile, had also sacked a big character, in Harry Redknapp, and was in the process of losing it’s best player at the club, Luka Modric, whilst home-grown fans-favourite captain, Ledley King was retiring.

We showed ambition, despite a lack of funds and stadium size, we finished that season above the likes of Chelsea, to clinch 4th, only for a silly rule to stop us from entering the Champions league. Now, Tottenham’s ambition, lack of big characters, and AVB’s search to prove himself to the English media, arguably seemed like a match made in Heaven. But he didn’t anticipate a certain, Daniel Levy, to be quite as influential as he’d expect. Prime example? The Hugo Lloris situation.

Hugo Lloris was brought into the club with a big reputation, as captain of France, with a £10million price tag wavering over his head. But, for the majority of the first half of that season, Andre refused to play him, instead playing 41 year old, Brad Friedel. Why was this? Stories began to surface; Daniel Levy didn’t consult with the manager over the signing of Lloris. How many of the other signings were similar? Does Clint Dempsey really seem like Andres kind of player? Does Gylfi Sigurdsson fit into AVB’s favourable 4-3-3 formation? No. How many of the summer signings were AVB’s or did Franco Baldini call the shots?

Now, I’m not blaming Daniel Levy for AVB’s failings, but merely suggesting how powerless Andre seems, when met with a powerful character.

This season, we’ve seriously struggled in front of goal, but whose fault is that? To Andre, when we beat Hull 1-0, after a lucky penalty call, it was the fans fault, claiming that they need to support the team if they’re struggling. Just a point there, give the fans some incentive. Whilst after Sunday’s 6-0 demolition, AVB placed the blame solely on the players. Demoralising comments, just a week before a crucial match at White Hart Lane against Manchester United. Whose fault will it be when we lose that match? The linesman? The kit man?

Even last season, on countless occasions, off the top of my head I can think of 1-0 away at Southampton and 1-0 at home to Sunderland, we played in the exact formation as this season, creating little to no chances, dominating possession, being hit on the break, but there was one difference. AVB had a certain Welshman to dig us out, now he’s gone.

AVB needs to realise that the players still at the club have to work together to fill that void left by Bale. The 4-2-3-1 formation didn’t work for us last season, it hasn’t so far this season. Yes, it may if we give it time, but we don’t have time. At this rate, I’ll be surprised if we get better than 5th. Even the games we’ve won this year haven’t been impressive, I rarely think we look like a team who can score more than one goal, if that.

After the 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle I was very hopeful that Andre would look at the performance and realise the errors. From playing two inverted wingers, causing congestion in the midfield, #10 has to drop back to play, therefore creating little chances, and opposition full backs drift inwards for extra cover as we didn’t exploit the space out wide after the wingers cut in.

He had two weeks, when we didn’t have that many players leave for international duty, its all well and good saying that he ‘tried 442 in a practice match’ and yes; its good getting Adebayor back involved. So then Andre, why did you start right footed Aaron Lennon on the left, with the left footed Erik Lamela on the right? Obviously they’re going to drift in. The lack of tactical change doomed us to fail against City and in such an important game, this is unacceptable.

I’m not one to call for a manager’s head after one bad result, but this is after a season and a half of terrible performances and lucky 1-0 wins occasionally. I’m currently feeling quite demotivated and demoralised. If we don’t get the three points next week against Manchester United, well the hashtag writes itself. To dare is to do.


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  1. Iain

    November 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I’m not calling for his head (yet) but it’s not just one bad result is it?

  2. Undecided but swaying to AVBOut

    November 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I’m having serious doubts about AVB.. for the first few matches we thought ok we’re winning albeit winning ugly and by 1-0 peno victories but that should have been the foundation we built on. It’s the managers job to improve the squad through coaching, man managing and his tactics. As much as dislike Neil Warnock, I think he got it right on Talksport today when he said you don’t force a system on your players, you develop a system based on players strengths and weaknesses. As an Irish man this is starting to remind me of the hell years we had under Trapatoni… I think AVB is too inflexible and it’s his way and no one elses. Either he adapts quickfast or we’ll be lining up a new coach pretty soon. Who though I have no idea…. do we bring back Arry or Hoddle? I doubt it but who else is there? Southamptons manager or Laudrup please

  3. Undecided but swaying to AVBOut

    November 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    ps… I think I just persuaded myself… LAUDRUP IS THE MAN

    • TJ

      November 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Malky Mackay he is the man we need

  4. Delboy

    November 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    A message to Mr.Levy.Keeping this clown in charge and we will have a relegation battle in our hands.

  5. Aj

    November 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Lemela did play on the left (which isn’t his best position) and lennon played on the right, but I agree with you on AVB. I can’t stand the arrogant prick. He lost my respect last year when he refused to play Huddlestone, let Rose go on loan when we only had BAE and relied on that championship player Naughton, he is doing the same now by letting BAE go without any cover.
    People keep on about how we didn’t do much better under Harry but Harry never had the strength in depth AVB has. He had to rely on the same player all season without giving them proper rest between games and if one of Modric, Bale or Lennon got injured then we struggled. But the football under harry was thrilling to watch and if he had a decent striker (which we have been lacking since Bervatov left)then we would have definitely finished 2nd or 3rd or even won it if Levy had strengthen the squad. We just ran out of steam towards the end of season under Harry but he still finished 4th.
    AVB is too young to be managing at the best league in the world. He has to earn his place and I just don’t rate him. Can’t get his selection right, bad man management, arrogant and stubborn, makes bad substitution, has no plan b, PLAYS DREADFUL FOOTBALL and doesn’t really deserve the credit he got for last season because Mr Bale saved him but this year he is found out for what he is, A fraudster. We should get him out before Christmas. He is not the right man for us! COYS

    • Gio

      November 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Well said Aj

    • S Kwan

      November 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Can’t agree more.

    • fred

      November 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

      I agree 100%. We are far to slow in buildup & I hate to see them passing back to Loris, who just boots it into touch or back to the opponents.

  6. Delboy

    November 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Well said aj;anyone whose says to the contrary is either blind or plain simply doesn’t know a thing about football.

  7. ronny

    November 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Have heard it said many times and i was the same, avb was the right man or so we thought. I now know how wrong we all were.Playing the high line lost him a lot of games at chelsea, John terry couldn’t cope with it & he was regarded as one of the best c/backs in the country then.this leopard refuses to change his spots, he can’t realise that his pathetic idea of how he thinks football is played doesn’t work in the premiership! And those of you who say he needs longer are so misguided, we will slip further down the table.Time to go!!

  8. Gio

    November 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    AVB had got to go, I said it a long time ago finally when things are going wrong the fans that were behind him are starting to realise. He makes mistakes from team selection to tactics, positioning and game plan. It was the same last year I was unconvinced and it was bale who would save us every game with individual brilliance. This years the same slow, predictable and over defensive but bales still scoring only problem is now it’s for Madrid. You wouldn’t mind if u felt we were laying down our foundations but AVB makes the same mistakes every game and blames every one else, u jus want him to admit to his mistakes and learn but he doesn’t so that jus tells me nothing will change and that AVB needs to be sacked now rather than after a mid table finish, we have some great players that under the guide nice of a good manager could take us places, dembele showed glimpses of wot he can do in a advanced role, vertongham is playing at left back coz his such a class player and he can, but bale could play as a wing back but who would play him there jus coz he can?

  9. rubelraj

    November 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    AVB must go & its now before we fighting for the drop.pls mr levy sack him now & appoint anybody who will be better then him.he is just a arrogant manager who doesn’t know how to play nice football.his all tactics failed,his style of play doesn’t suits pl.sack him & he can try that in portugel.I can do better then him with the players we have.pls sack him mr levy or face the drop.

  10. ultrapunch

    November 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    He played left footed Lamella on the right wing because he was very successful in that position last year with Roma. He scored 15 goals and provided assists from that position last year with Roma.

    • Ben

      November 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Seria A is a completely different story. Yes Lamela should start on the right as he is an inverted winger, however Lennon is not, Townsend should’ve start on the left, on his stronger foot.

  11. Davyid

    November 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with these comments, I really believe he ant got a clue what to do with these players he’s got we’ve got such talent but he just can’t seem to gent no system we’ve got wingers so he plays siggy on the wing he’s not a winger ,got 30mil player leaves sitting on the bench apart from Sunday, vertongen stuck at left back cos he sent benni out on loan won’t play ade we’re paying him he’s wages so at least try him I mean 9 goals is total shit I agree bale saved his arse last year get laudrup COYS !

  12. jim

    November 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This could end up being another Ramos and Redknapp situation.Ramos was the guy brought in to take us to the next level he got Levy to spend but the so called tactical genius flopped and we brought in a better motivator(but a twat)Redkapp.I was backing AVB but I just cant see him changing any time soon he’s so stuborn and it will take another 5/10 years for him to mature we dont have that time.We have top class players and are a very attractive prospect for any top manager.People are already writing off our signings and I feel AVB has not handled some of them well. Laudrup has experience with Spanish speaking players.Christian Eriksen is the new him.He plays more of a free flowing football Spurs fans demand. I dont know if Levy will want to pull the trigger that quick with this guy though.

  13. Aicher

    November 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    People are saying, give AVB time but in my estimation he has had loads, All of last season and 12 games of this one. That’s more than enough time to see if we are heading in the right direction. We are not!
    AVB has got to go, NOW!
    I saw vertongen in the tunnel before the teams came out and he looked so fed up it looked then he didn’t want to play. Under AVB the team just look lost with no movement up front, no one looking for the ball devoid of ideas get rid of him Levy before another season goes down the drain

    • g

      November 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Oh dear

  14. g

    November 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Don’t understand where you guys are coming from.
    Man City, didn’t do it, chelsea didn’t do it, actually don’t remember any big spenders doing it … In the first year.
    Do we build for the future or want quick fixes.
    Given the choice would a top top player want spurs over other teams?
    NO… Let’s buy potential, young players, young mgr … Yes AVB!!!!
    Be bloody patient.. Let’s plan for next 5years…
    We’re a small club, we need many more millions and patience…..
    Get off the bloody bandwagon, stop listening to the stupid spurs hating media…. Moronic sports presenters whose job is to play devils advocate.
    Stand by your team, cheer them on Sunday …..SUPPORT THEM !!!!!!

  15. stuart senior

    November 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    cant see the back of him fast enough who we replace him with dont know

  16. J

    November 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    It was unfortunate we conceded after 15 seconds,it was a disaster start, but the next 20 minutes said everything about us this season. Hang on to the ball, side to side, no one making the runs to open up the space or angles anywhere, and to much turning back towards our own goal. Its hard to stomach, but we need to look forward, its over as is every other match and season before it, we’ve all been here before, and it hurts just as bad everytime.
    Who knows may be a hammering from Man U, and a couple of draws in the next couple of matches could put paid to AVB, we cant control that.
    However lets just take a quick look at some of the players, Saldado, couldn’t have hit all those goals last season by chance, he clearly has something. Lamela has a serenity in his movement, that you can sense there is something natural about his talent. Granted he looks very weak, but its upto to the backroom team to strengthen him up, to deal with Premiership. Paulinho is going to be a key figure in the Brazil assault on the World Cup, thats not my view but the view of Brazilians, Sandro is a beast, I could go on, but it wouldnt change the result and how we feel.
    I’m not saying we shouldn’t be expecting more, we should, hell we deserve it
    Of course my patience is starting to wear a bit thin as well with AVB’s style, but this is his system based on the experience he has at the moment, the guy is only 36.
    We need to take a collective deep breath, accept we will have some tough heartbreaking days ahead but we must believe our time is now. We need to believe AVB is someone who learns fast, and manages to find a way to instill a passion for success and belief in their own abilities, to be able to step out onto the pitch and deal with every situation which will come, and keep fighting to realise our dreams of success, as well as their own.
    So next time we concede after 15 seconds, go down 3-0 at halftime or whatever painful episode we are facing, lets all believe that the team has the strength and belief to turn it round. The process has been long and painful, we have been growing and growing slowly there will be bad days, but its our time now, and nothing can stop it.

  17. Luke

    November 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I think this all started in the Jan of the season we were in the CL, we had the money and were doing well in league and CL but needed a world class striker, nothing came in despite bids for aguero and 20 other strikers (bullshit) and we failed to get anywhere. Fast forward a year to theJanuary when Capello got sacked, we were miles clear of arsenal and Chelsea and heading for top 4, we just needed a couple of players in the transfer window and out goes Redknapp with a 150k pot of cash handed to him by Levy to sign players to secure top 4, we ended up with Saha and Nelson – not Harry’s fault, we all would of gone for them had we been given no money – did Levy know that Harry was going? Did he not want to give him money? – we knew from the year before we needed a striker or we would run out of steam again…so it gets to the summer and we ran out of steam and failed to qualify for the CL, out goes Harry and Modric and VDV and ledley and in comes AVB and a flurry of players (most before AVB signed) – our spine has now gone and no one has replaced those players. We start the season with a terrible formation and become instantly average, up steps Bale and scores multiple winning goals to keep us in the fight. It then gets to Jan again and it’s the same problem, we need a striker. Ade goes off to a cup, Defoe gets injured and were left with no one, once again we start to do nothing – except bale pulling the wool over our eyes. Mr levy had not learnt from mistakes. So along comes this summer and finally we realise the problems – brilliant we all say – however someone has decided to go out and spend 17 mil on a glorified jenas (paulinho) and a striker who scored 1 goal outside the box, who is also 29, slow, has no skill, pace, power or creativity but can do one thing – score from inside the box. So bare in mind around 40mil spent based on bale staying. So now were 40 mil down, get rid of dead wood and we then need supply for soldado (did they plan on bale going left wing and Lennon right wing? – probably not). So bale goes and we replace a back-up defender (caulker) with another one (chiriches) we get back up for Sandro (capoue) back up for the wings (chadli) and try to replace bale with 2 new players (eriksen and lamela) – none of who play on the wide wing (instant problem for soldado) – let’s not forget the actual positions that matter a lot at left back and right back, instead of getting cover for them we keep naughton who is poor and let ekotto go on loan (huge mistake) so instead of trying wingers AVB decides to play 4 5 1 and give soldado no supply and now were in deep trouble. However, walker and rose can now get up the pitch and supply the crosses and we end up with an 8 prong attack. However then rose gets injured and we lose the left wing and no one can replace him, then Lennon gets injured and we lose our only touch like winger, now were playing every player in the middle bar walker. This is where you go – lets put Lennon (once fit) or lamela right wing, Townsend left wing, dembele and Sandro in the middle and ade and soldado up front but AVB doesn’t see it and suddenly luck turns (and we did win 3 lucky penalties and 6 extra lucky points) so now were stuck with a whole lop sided team with no back up in the main positions and a striker with no supply. Basically many things have gone wrong including spending on so many players, 110 mil could of got us benteke mata and cabaye with change for a pacey winger, instead this idiot Baldini blows the whole lot on rubbish squad players. Now were in massive trouble, AVB is to blame but not solely, if levy bought one striker 3 years ago then Harry would still be here with Bale vdv Modric and some new good additions. Instead he didn’t spend for 3 years when we really needed to. Then spends this summer (really he spent nothing as we spent the same as we made). AVB is way too stubborn and has to go, he was lucky to have bale last year. Levy then needs a flair manager like laudrop or klinsman but also needs to hold his hands up and spend more in jan on one or two proven players, so many things have been done wrong and one or two players in the past could have avoided this mess. Now were in free fall and the luck will stop, without bale + lucky pens we would be 13th right now and soon we will be. Avb needs to go NOW and we HAVE to change to 442 and get a world class striker in plus play Townsend left wing and we will be lethal again!

  18. gunnerbaby

    November 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm


    • g

      November 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      @£&! OFF – woolwich

  19. wiseone

    November 27, 2013 at 6:16 am

    If AVB can be realistic and select a team without ( present form ) weakness ridden players like Dawson and soldado, then I’m sure the team can gel & improve , but if he can’t decide on the teams weakness problems and bench those culprits then he ain’t fit to lead any club to a win, , managers must select their teams based on best /maximum strenghts available based on performance, no sentiments, Defoe has 12 goal in all competetions yet AVB excludes him from the league and goes ahead to play adebayo who hasn’t played a single game, if soldado isn’t in form bench him play Defoe , and vice versa , but there is no point to keep playing him irrespective of his overall zero contribution to a win., same with Dawson , as a fan I get scared if he is selected knowing that he is always going to mess up & I’m sure Iloris feels same way, we need kaboul vertogen cb combination pls , with naughton and walker on their side, atleast they give their best , Dawson in my opinion weakens the entire team so why play him , or keep him as captain when you have more dedicated players who want to win by their contribution to the team , sandro or vertogen or Defoe are natural team captains they all want spurs to win not some timid looking defender, I’m sorry but that’s the truth, Parker in my opinion represents the ideal premier league guts player .. Him and Dempsey were necessary to build a spurs never die fighting spirit or mentality upon the entire squad, but one way or the other AVB doesn’t think that matters,

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