At the time of writing, Spurs are manager-less and the fans well and truly split. Seemingly the worst kept secret in football is that Andres Villas Boas is waiting in the wings to take the still warm coaching seat The Lane.
Harry Redknapp incensed some, yet was held in high esteem by others. Those that argue Harry blew a more or less nailed on Champions League spot by playing up to his pals on the red top back-pages seem less interested in the stability he brought to the club.
Conversely, those who admire Frank Lampard’s uncle for delivering three of the best seasons since The Double win of ’61, aren’t so upset that the Champions League was missed. They were happy instead with the overall consistency he brought.
So what of a future under Villas Boas?
Well, this is a genuinely tough call to make. His CV is riddled with pros and cons, almost in equal measure. On the plus side, he was tutored in the beautiful game by Sir Bobby Moore and Jose Mourinho. He achieved the double at Porto.
An obvious negative is the that fact he was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge. He singularly failed to man manage the Chelsea dressing room. His success in Portugal was suddenly questioned. Was it such a big deal, Weren’t Porto favourites anyway?
The speculation has been building for some time now and as I don’t have a crystal ball all I can only offer you a limp, let’s wait and see.
What matters most is that the supporters get together and support the team. The new manager won’t benefit from feeling isolated from the fans. Of course, whoever the new man is – he’ll have to earn respect. But the very least he deserves is a level playing field and some time.
It doesn’t make any sense if fans that were disappointed with the sacking of Redknapp take this as a cue to be poised for the new man’s first mistake. It won’t benefit the Club and the players need our support. Harry has gone and it’s worth remembering here that no individual can ever be bigger than the Club.
What matters most is Spurs exploit what is in the main an excellent squad. The pursuit of a trophy as well as a top four finish is not out of the question with rotation and discipline. As Spurs fans we’ve been in bigger fixes before and there is no reason together we can’t get through this one too.
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