Tottenham boss sacked after bust-up with staff and players

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Andre Villas-Boas' fractious relationship with striker Emmanuel Adebayor and assistant coach Steffen Freund helped prompt the end of his time in charge of Tottenham, according to the Daily Mail.

Villas-Boas was relieved of his duties yesterday by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy following the 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Despite having the best win percentage of any Tottenham manager in Premier League history, the Portuguese boss was let go less than a year-and-a-half into a three year contract.

The Daily Mail reported after Tottenham's 6-0 defeat against Manchester City last month that AVB's job was at risk, and now claim to have the inside track on exactly what went wrong for the former Chelsea coach in north London.

The paper report that a meeting was called between Levy and Villas-Boas on Monday morning following the defeat at White Hart Lane, with the manager's fate far from sealed.

However as talks progressed, the pair soon came to realise that they were far apart in their views of what was required to turn things round, prompting the club to announce that a termination had been agreed by mutual consent.

High up the agenda was said to be Villas-Boas's refusal to reintegrate striker Emmanuel Adebayor - Tottenham's highest earner - having frozen him out.

The Togolese striker has made just one substitute appearance this season, in the drubbing against Manchester City, and was forced to train with youth team. 

The Mail also claim that Levy was unhappy that AVB's reported bust-up with Freund, who the Tottenham chairman had effectively forced upon his manager, following the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal earlier in the season had yet to be fully resolved.

Other key issues reportedly include Tottenham's lack of free-flowing football this season, while the Mail also speculate that AVB had lost the respect of his players. The problem of his inability to get the best out of the seven players signed by Spurs over the summer at a cost of more than £100 million, is also said to have counted against him.

Tottenham currently sit in 7th place in the Premier League after 16 matches, and go up against West Ham in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup tomorrow. 

Technical director Tim Sherwood will take over first team duties alongside Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand for the game at White Hart Lane.

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