Doubts raised over Villas-Boas’ credentials for Spurs job
The race to become the next Tottenham manager is hotting up. Early favourite David Moyes of Everton has been usurped by French national manager Laurent Blanc and former Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas, who is now odds-on to replace Harry Redknapp. The Life’s A Pitch team consider Moyes to be the strongest candidate, but feel that Spurs want a younger head coach to fit a new managerial system at White Hart Lane.
“The early rumblings with players’ agents ringing up journalists is that the dressing room is not particularly enamoured with André Villas-Boas arriving at White Hart Lane,” says Ian Ridley. “Probably not [popular] with some of the fans as well, but he does fit the chairman’s [Daniel Levy's] profile of what they’re now looking for after Harry. He wants to get younger players at the right price, under the radar, like Graham Carr has done at Newcastle, like Arsenal do in some ways with Steve Rowley.”
Footballer-turned-journalist Adrian Clarke believes Tottenham players and fans are right to be concerned about Villas-Boas’ arrival. “The collateral damage from his time at Chelsea is that his reputation among players, his reputation in England, has been damaged. Does he know how to deal with players? Has he got a fixed way of playing? He made so many mistakes that I can fully understand why Tottenham’s players and fans would have reservations.”
Despite the bookmakers’ belief that Levy is set to appoint Villas-Boas, the Sunday Mirror’s David Walker reckons Blanc is the more likely choice. “Let’s be blunt on this, AVB’s track record is one outstanding season at Porto. You wouldn’t consider him for a job at the top of the Premier League on the back of the Chelsea thing – it’s outrageous. I don’t think David Moyes will get the Tottenham job, because he is an old-school manager who wants absolute control of all football issues and that’s not the way that Tottenham want to run the club. I think Laurent Blanc is a more likely candidate.”
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