Andre Villas-Boas’ arrival at White Hart Lane has left opnions split down the middle with some focusing on the new managers all conquering time at Porto, while others point to his ill fated spell at Stamford Bridge as proof of his inadequencies.
Here’s my twopenneth worth on AVB with 3 reasons why his time in North London may prove to be a success.
The lack of Egos – While every Premiership dressing is full of multi-millionaires often with egos bigger enough to match their bank balances the Chelsea dressing room seemed to be taking player power to previously unseen heights. John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole & co seemed to be more concerned with team select rather than there own performance at times and Villas-Boas was forced to drop experiance players at times in an effort to tackle this problem.
Although Tottenham do have some senior professionals their unlikely to prove as obstructive to AVB’s plans as the Chelsea dressing room, and he some be free to implement his plans.
The level of expectation – Tottenham are of course a huge club and as Harry Redknapp’s sacking proved have a boardroom not scared of chopping and changing managers. However it is long time since Tottenham were last crowned champions of England’s top division in contrast to a Chelsea side expected to mount a serious challenge for the league title year after year following the injection of Roman Abromvich’s vast wealth.
Despite bold claims from AVB of what he can achieve at White Hart Lane sucess for Tottenham is still likely to take the form of Champions league qualification rather than the league title challenge expected at Stamford bridge.
The existing playing squad’s age – Villas-Boas inherited a Chelsea team that was ageing and needed younger players to be introduced. It was the time required to blood these younger players and allow them to get use to life in England’s top division that ultimatly left Chelsea in a position suffently poor that Roman Abromovich felt he had no choice but to take action.
A decision that has left AVB claiming Chelsea’s Russian owner “quit on him” In contrast Tottenham’s squad can be consider to be a better mix of youth and experience meaning such a radical overhaul is unlikely to have to be attempted.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!