Ex-Spurs boss claims Tottenham board ‘destroyed everything’ he had created

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Dom Le Roy

The year was 2012 and Tottenham had just hired their new manager, a young Andre Villas Boas (BBC).

In his first season, Villas Boas helped Spurs to achieve their best ever points tally, and things were looking pretty good in North London for the Lilywhites.

However, after just 80 games in charge, AVB was fired by Daniel Levy and the Spurs board.

In these 80 games, the Portuguese gaffer won 45, drew 18, and lost 17, a pretty impressive record.

AVB got the very best out of Bale during his time at Tottenham, and the Welsh winger even named his first child with the same initials, AVB.

Tottenham went on to hire Tim Sherwood as their next manager which saw the emergence of Harry Kane.

Sherwood was sacked after a year or so, at which point Levy finally struck gold by appointing Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton.

Since being fired by Spurs, AVB has managed in Shanghai, but hasn’t really taken a big job in years.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “The first season was magnificent in all aspects. We had a ‘short’ squad in terms of depth, but a great spirit and so much will. We picked up the most points in Spurs’ history with an incredible Bale who played behind Adebyaor where he was free to move, but also with Lennon and Walker who allowed us to have a good counter-attacking 4-4-2.

“In April, we started planning for the next season. I offered some names to buy and sell, but during the transfer window, the board didn’t listen and quickly destroyed everything we’d created. I got an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted me, but I said no out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake.”

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  1. What AVB says is correct. AVB identified how hard it was to get money out of levy in his first season, although he got his choices of Lloris, Vertonghen, Sigurdsson and Dembele and whilst Adebayor had agreed to avoid the AFCON and then went anyway, the big signing was always Moutinho and AVB had wanted a young James Rodriguez. Moutinho fell through on deadline day and we took Dempsey who was nothing alike.
    AVB requested that Levy bring in Baldini as a technical director, Franco Baldini then just ignored a lot of AVBs requested signings (went against Alderwiereld for Chiriches, and Lamela when Willian fell through) who AVB didn’t seem fussed on either of them, although I believe Soldado was AVB all day long.
    AVB requested Baldini, Baldini requested Poch over AVB (although Poch wouldn’t leave Saints mid season), Poch requested Mitchell over Baldini, Mitchell fell out with Levy over the Mane and NKoudou handling.

    AVB was a good coach and a great tactician imo, although his playing of paulinho over dembele made no sense to me in his second season as it brought defensive frailty that hadn’t been so prominent in his first season, where dembele was the rock in our midfield and I suspected he was forced to play paulinho.

    Also AVB gave kane his Spurs premier league debut, not Sherwood, AVB mostly played kane on the wing though. AVB also started getting the best out of Rose.

    I would actually love for AVB and Poch to work together as both could learn a lot from each other.


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