Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed in an interview with The Athletic that there was some animosity between himself and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy when he opted to turn down the opportunity to join PSG.
THE LOWDOWN: VILLAS-BOAS WAS WANTED BY PSG
Villas-Boas was in charge of Tottenham for just over a year but failed to pick up any silverware in his time with the north London club. The 43-year-old was linked with the managerial vacancy at French giants PSG back in 2013 whilst contracted to Spurs, but turned down the opportunity to take charge with them as he opted to stay with Spurs.
However, he was sacked from his role in charge of Spurs in December 2013 after they were thrashed 5-0 at home by Liverpool, which left them seventh in the Premier League.
Spurs are now searching for another manager after parting company with Jose Mourinho during the 2020/21 season, although Graham Potter is now believed to be the ninth candidate to turn down the club’s approach this summer.
THE LATEST: VILLAS-BOAS ISSUES INSIGHT INTO RELATIONSHIP WITH LEVY
Speaking in a recent interview with The Athletic, Villas-Boas has issued an insight into his failed move to PSG, whilst also highlighting the animosity between himself and Daniel Levy during that time at Spurs. He revealed:
“I understood Tottenham wanted me to go to Paris. I had an offer from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. But I said, “No”.
“So I didn’t have the best of relationships with Daniel. We were correct throughout but we were not in love with each other and I think they wanted me to accept the offer.
“I have a different vision of football and, for me, whenever somebody declines something that’s normally better — be it contract-wise or the possibility of you winning — for me, you are entitled to a contract renewal. That’s how I see things. It wasn’t the case. And that led to a bad, bad animosity between us.”
THE VERDICT: IS LEVY A DIFFICULT MAN TO WORK WITH?
His comments will be a real eye-opener to some supporters, and he does make some fair points in terms of the bar potentially being too high at Spurs.
It’s been a case of ‘so close, yet so far’ for Tottenham in recent years, and it certainly seems surprising to hear that the club were keen on Villas-Boas to leave in favour of a move to PSG. When he duly turned them down, it’s not a surprise to see that the relationship with Levy went south thereafter.
Spurs haven’t had the best of luck with managerial appointments in recent seasons, which makes it even more important that they get this next one right. Alas, this anecdote from Villas-Boas indicates a warning to the club’s next manager as to how difficult it can be at times to work with Levy, with the word “animosity” eliciting concern.
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