COME AND GET ME, SPURS


Ex-Blues boss gives the green light to White Hart Lane switch


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By Oli Gamp

A MAN FORGOTTEN as Chelsea and their new manager Roberto Di Matteo lifted the FA Cup and the Champions League soon after his departure from Stamford Bridge, you perhaps felt sorry for Andre Villas-Boas, the man who only a year ago was dubbed as ‘the next Jose Mourinho’ and
potentially one of the greatest up and coming managers in world football. When Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur parted ways, Everton manager David Moyes was instantly recognised at the favourite to take over the reigns after ten remarkably impressive years at Goodison Park. For years pundits and football fans alike have pondered the question, ‘What could he do with more money and better players?’ You’d have fancied Moyes for the Spurs job, but is he really a step up from Redknapp? Tottenham’s ultimate
aim is to get into the Champions League and stay there, and some silverware along the way would do very nicely. You can’t help but feel that if Redknapp couldn’t do it, then can Moyes really do any better?

Today it was reported that he was interested in the Tottenham job vacancy. There’s been a mixed response, but what happened with him at Chelsea has to be forgotten. There was masses of expectation; perhaps too much and it slowly became an environment that Villas-Boas would be damned to work in even if he wasn’t sacked. The truth is the Chelsea players’ egos were far too high and he was drowned in it as a result. You had people like Lampard and Drogba trying to run the show when they forgot the guy with the beard crouching on the sidelines was the one who called the shots.

If Villas-Boas is appointed as Tottenham’s next manager it will be a risk, but one worth taking; rather than appointing an unproven manager who hasn’t won anything and hasn’t tested himself at the highest level. He’d have a host of young talent to play around with such as Bale, Walker, Livermore and Caulker. You just get the feeling that he’s perfect for the job.

The thing about Villas-Boas is that he’s a winner. In his first full season as a manager at just 33 years of age, he won the Portuguese league title, the domestic cup as well as the Europa League; a famous treble. Not only this, but his team went unbeaten in the league for the entire season. Who does that? Who goes the entire season unbeaten and wins all of those trophies in just one season unless they’re something special. This guy is special. He may not be Jose Mourinho special just yet, but he’s clearly a very talented manager who has got something to prove.

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