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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