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Is AVB Stuck In A Mistake Cycle?

New Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas seems doomed to repeat the same mistakes he made during his ill fated tenure at Chelsea with the imminent departure of Michael Dawson.

When AVB arrived at Chelsea just over a year ago, it was predicted a time of new prosperity and attacking football would greet the Blues, with a young attacking minded coach seeking to slowly reduce the old guard that had been the backbone of a Chelsea side for nearly a decade.

This philosophy, as wonderful as it sounds to any fan for their club, turned into one of Chelsea’s biggest nightmares, the egos of both Boas, and the stalwarts of Chelsea in Terry, Lampard and Drogba colliding and signifying the near self destruction of Roman Abramovich’s side. It was the sudden dip in form, along with AVBs hostile and stubborn approach to both the players, and the press that led to his eventual sacking, his rising reputation shattered.

Now at North London side Tottenham Hotspur, a club that also harbours Champions League aspirations, AVB seeks to once again bring his attacking football to the club. However, his apparent stubbornness to anyone who even remotely disagrees with what he says has began to infect the Spurs dressing room.

Michael Dawson, signed from Nottingham Forest in 2005, is one of Spurs most valuable defenders in recent seasons. Tipped by many to be the natural replacement for Ledley King, Dawson was only recently announced by AVB to be the clubs captain this season, with many remembering his stellar performances for the club despite his injury plagued 2011/12 season.

Suddenly, he finds himself at the centre of an accepted transfer offer from League and London rivals QPR, what could have caused the sudden u-turn  in just a few days, from being captain to effectively transfer listed? Spurs have several quality centre backs, but Vertonghen has only just arrived in the Premier League and is untested at this level. Caulker is still very young and inexperienced, certainly not ready to be at the heart of defence for a team vying for Champions League qualification.

That leaves Gallas and Kaboul, and out of all four of these centre backs, only Kaboul has the experience, plus the youthful pace and strength left to compete at this level on a week by week basis, while Gallas has lost a lot of ground over the past few seasons.

So why is Dawson suddenly finding himself on the verge of leaving Spurs? While the details of the surprise transfer have yet to emerge, it is apparent that AVB has perhaps had a disagreement with another senior player from his squad. At 28 years old, Dawson is certainly one of the key senior heads at Tottenham, with only Gallas, and Friedel, Parker and Van der Vaart regular first teamers above him in terms of age.

Andre Villas Boas may certainly want to implement his own ideals at the club quickly, but just like with what he did at Chelsea, he once again is seemingly about to completely upset the applecart at Spurs by shifting out the experienced players at the club. While the transfer of Dawson has so far gone on without any outbursts from either party, the same cannot be said if he tries to push out the senior players once again too quickly. Parker and Friedel would most likely certainly get on with the job at hand, no matter what their standing in the team.

But if AVB was to upset the likes of Gallas, who is volatile on the best of days, and Van der Vaart, who is known to be an outspoken player when necessary, Tottenham could be at the same risk of implosion that very nearly cost Chelsea a Champions League berth.

Is Andre Villas Boas doing the right thing with Dawson? Or will he end up tearing Tottenham Hotspur apart? Leave your comments below.

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