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Why Tottenham were wrong to sack AVB

The young manager had a lot to offer (©GettyImages)
The young manager had a lot to offer (©GettyImages).

Yesterday, Tottenham announced the sacking of Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas. This didn't come as a shock to some after the 6-0 thumping Tottenham received, and most recently the heavy 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.

However, being just being five points off the top spot, Tottenham aren't really in any trouble. There is no "crisis" at Spurs, and many are still confused as to why the Portuguese got the chop from the rather ruthless Daniel Levy.

If AVB lost his job, why hasn't David Moyes lost his? Manchester United are below Spurs in the table, and you have to remember, Moyes is dealing with a title winning team, whereas AVB was in the process of building what he wanted to.

Probably the most obvious reason as to why AVB got sacked was because he spent over £100 million pounds in the summer transfer window. However, people have to remember that they just lost Gareth Bale in the summer unexpectedly, and AVB would have no doubt would have liked to build his ideas around the Welsh Wizard. 

AVB's time in England hasn't gone as he would have expected. Arriving from Portugal as a young manager unbeaten in his previous season, Chelsea paid £13.3 million to release him from his contract at Porto. Although things didn't really go to plan with Chelsea, it could be seen what he was trying to do with the squad that he had. Maybe AVB's mistake was that he tried to do everything too quickly, and he should have spread his work over the years that were allocated to him.

Even then Tottenham realised his potential and signed him up as a successor for Harry Redknapp. In his first season, AVB brought the best out of Bale moving him to a central position because Bale wasn't enjoying his football as much. Bale thrived in this role and scored 21 premier league goals, more than any other in previous seasons. 

Sure AVB hasn't been as successful as he would have wanted to this season, but he still had time to turn it around. The Tottenham squad is full of injuries at the moment, as they miss the creativity of Christian Eriksen, and the defensive stability that Vertonghen brings.

If Tottenham appoint a new manager, it will only take more time for him to implement his new ideas, and they'll be further behind than they are now. If they reach that position, it will be almost impossible for Tottenham to achieve the top four spot they hoped for. If AVB was still in charge, I believe he would have turned it round.

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