Andre Villas-Boas

Tim Sherwood and Andre Villas-Boas: Two wrongs at Tottenham 8

Will Quinn believes that Daniel Levy has really just lurched between two equally unsuitable managers this season… Levy’s decision to replace Andre Villas-Boas with Tim Sherwood has divided the world of football writers very neatly in two. On one side is an intellectualist camp, consisting largely of bloggers and broadsheet writers, united by the belief(…)

From everything to nothing: Managerial responsibilities at Tottenham

From everything to nothing: Managerial responsibilities at Tottenham 2

You don’t need a particularly long memory to be able to remember how Andre Villas-Boas was treated by certain sections of the media. In fact, if you are a Daily Mail reader then you probably still believe that everything that the Portuguese was the single negative force at Tottenham, dragging an English club down with(…)

To sack or not sack? Asking the right questions

To sack or not sack? Asking the right questions 0

Will Quinn discusses the recent flurry of terminations in the Premier League… The sackings of Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas have directed a lot of this week’s football discussion towards when the right time is for a chairman to fire a manager. Both decisions have been quite controversial, and thus generated a lot of heat.(…)

Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas calling out the press and inviting trouble

Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas calling out the press and inviting trouble 2

Tottenham had a good day, and not just in comparison to last Sunday’s humiliating defeat to Manchester City. The two-all draw at White Hart Lane with Manchester United this afternoon was punctuated with far more creative moments than the Spurs fans have seen in recent weeks, and all things considered it was a very encouraging(…)

Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas and the artificial adjustment of his CV

Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas and the artificial adjustment of his CV 11

The Mail’s Neil Ashton currently has his teeth into Andre Villas-Boas, and everyday since Tottenham’s humbling defeat at The Etihad he’s progressed his negative coverage in neat little steps. From Daniel Levy’s apparent desire to sack him on Tuesday, to dismissing Villas-Boas’ achievements during his time at Porto yesterday, to announcing that a preferred successor(…)

Tottenham & Andre Villas-Boas: An opportune moment for ‘job security’ stories

Tottenham & Andre Villas-Boas: An opportune moment for ‘job security’ stories 6

…and here comes the press. Tottenham got humiliated on Sunday, and there have been plenty of media people waiting for an opportunity to create some artificial job pressure on Andre Villas-Boas. Here’s Neil Ashton in The Mail: “Andre Villas-Boas is under mounting boardroom pressure following Tottenham’s 6-0 mauling at Manchester City on Sunday. Sportsmail can(…)

The next five days at Tottenham

The next five days at Tottenham 7

Well, what do you say after that? Picking apart Tottenham’s individual performances at The Etihad yesterday or retrospectively critiquing the tactics used would be low-hanging fruit, and there’s not a whole lot of point in doing that. What was worrying, from a Spurs perspective, was just how soft a performance that really was. It was(…)

Press using Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe to further prod Andre Villas-Boas

Press using Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe to further prod Andre Villas-Boas 4

Ah, well done to The Sun - reverting to type with their Andre Villas-Boas-hating. Here’s Jermain Defoe, discussing his World Cup chances: “Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club,” Defoe told the Sun. “If you are not getting the opportunities to play, it will(…)

Arsenal, Tottenham, and their use of substitutes yesterday

Arsenal, Tottenham, and their use of substitutes yesterday 0

Will Quinn returns to discuss the substitutions made by both North London managers yesterday to similarly underwhelming effect… Arsene Wenger decided against playing a pro-active game at Old Trafford on Sunday, opting instead to choose two holding midfielders in Arteta and Flamini. In fairness, Rosicky’s illness may have forced his hand, but he still had(…)

Tottenham’s crowd, expectations, and Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham’s crowd, expectations, and Andre Villas-Boas 8

“But Spurs have signed £100m worth of players, they should be beating sides like Hull 5-0.” That’s right at the heart of this issue between Andre Villas-Boas and the Tottenham fans, and actually it’s a problem which predates the Portuguese’s arrival at White Hart Lane by years. So, when you hear different people claim today(…)

Ranting at Tottenham and laying into their weekend performance

Ranting at Tottenham and laying into their weekend performance 4

Forgive me, but Tottenham’s performance at White Hart Lane was so poor yesterday, that I’m not sure I can write a coherent article about it - so bullet-points will have to do: - At no time during the Premier League era has it, or will it ever be acceptable for Spurs to lose three-nil at(…)

No cash-splurge needed for Tottenham if Gareth Bale is sold

No cash-splurge needed for Tottenham if Gareth Bale is sold 4

There’s a bit of fallacy doing the rounds about what would happen if Tottenham sold Gareth Bale for the kind of fee which is being quoted. As discussed here yesterday, the skies over White Hart Lane won’t turn black if Bale does move to Real Madrid - and equally, should he do so it really(…)

Time for Daniel Levy to arm Tottenham with ambition

Time for Daniel Levy to arm Tottenham with ambition 4

Andre Villas-Boas is an ambitious manager, and that quality doesn’t necessarily mix that well with Daniel Levy’s approach in the transfer market. Tottenham fans all have a different view on their chairman, with some praising his cautious approach and others left deeply frustrated by his apparent dallying. Ultimately though, irrespective of anyone’s opinion on its(…)

The potential implications of signing David Villa for Tottenham

The potential implications of signing David Villa for Tottenham 6

The Tottenham/David Villa saga rumbles on, and there’s no clear indication of a resolution yet - although some worryingly familiar noises are coming out in the press about Daniel Levy’s reluctance to meet an asking price. Still, it’s worth looking at how the signing of the Spanish international - in conjunction with the recent acquisition(…)

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