Ex-Tottenham manager claims the British media mistreated him during time at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have had some bright young managers in recent years under the stewardship of Daniel Levy, who is clearly now looking towards the long-term.

Mauricio Pochettino is widely considered to be not only one of the best young gaffers out there, but one of the top tacticians in general.

Before Poch, Levy put his faith in Tim Sherwood after his exploits with the youth teams at Spurs. And just before Sherwood came a certain Mr AVB.

Andre Villas-Boas was regarded as one of the best up-and-coming managers when Spurs appointed him, handing him another chance after his Chelsea failures.

However, yet again it was not to be for AVB in London, but that’s not to say he did not bring success to the capital, most notably in the form of Gareth Bale.

The Portuguese manager has now come out and accused the British media of tarnishing his name while he was at Tottenham. It sounds as if this only piled on the stress for the gaffer.

AVB told RMC Sport: “The thing is that, sometimes, in England, people sold an image of me that’s got nothing to do with me.

“They portrayed me as arrogant, distant.

“When I first arrived at Tottenham, we won a few games at the start. Things go well and I win Manager of the Month.

“Then a newspaper says, ‘Andre has changed so much that now he’s in Harrods at 2pm. He’s not obsessed with work’. It was my day off! I was there on my day off.

“The journalist who wrote that saw me there by chance. It’s just incredible.”

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  1. AVB was a top top manager and a pretty good coach, who struggled to work with the media. Poch and his team are top top coaches, pretty good manager and who controls the media very well. AVB was also undone by a combination of not being able to deal with Levy and thinking Baldini would improve that situation, Baldini signed many players AVB didn’t want.
    AVB was better than Poch in 2 main areas 1 was asset management and 2 was tactics. AVB set out the assets at his disposal to get the best out of them, not just bringing the best from Sandro, Bale and Defoe, and massively improving Walker but sending Rose on loan to Sunderland and integrating him as a top left back after, he also got the best out of players he had no long term plans for like Huddlestone, Dawson. He brought in Lloris, Vertonghen, Dembele and tried to bring in Moutinho in his first window. Second season Baldini took over transfers to AVBs clear annoyance, because Baldini brought in players many of whom were Serie a types like Chiriches over Alderweireld.
    AVB delivered our first win over Man U in 22 years at old Trafford, I also remember him taking off dembele for Holtby against City and turning the game upside down, with us going from a goal behind to winning 3-1. Its easy to forget that AVB got us a record points total with a very average squad, that he was on target to go better the next season when he was fired and that he added some steal to spurs and pulled so many results from nowhere.
    Never thought AVB was given the time and sometimes wish we had AVB and Poch together as sometimes Poch has tactical howlers and generally Poch doesn’t manage his assets very well (letting valuable players rot on the bench instead of selling at max value for reinvestment).


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