Andre-Villas Boas received the boot from Tottenham Hotspur Monday morning, following an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Luis Suarez and Liverpool.
This came following a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 3-0 loss to London rivals West Ham at home. Liverpool and Manchester City were certainly at their best, and another inspired performance from Suarez proved too much for AVB and his makeshift back four.
Etienne Capoue and Michael Dawson got the start in the middle of the pitch, while Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker were on the flanks. This is certainly far from ideal, with injuries to Vlad Chiriches, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Danny Rose; as well as the seemingly non-sensical loan spell of our only proven left-back, Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
These coupled, with some other key injuries certainly made AVB's job far more difficult. However, with seven summer signings there is certainly enough quality in the squad to win games, in spite of injury and lack of form.
This, in part, is what makes the job at Spurs so attractive. At the moment, Tim Sherwood, along with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey are at the helm. Sherwood, certainly has a shot at landing the job.
He knows the ins and outs of the club and has been with them all season. This would certainly ease the transition of a manager change mid-campaign. Sherwood played for Spurs from 1999-2003. Perhaps the seemingly more simple approach to the game that Sherwood may bring will prove beneficial for a very talented group of players.
AVB seemingly complicated the game, and summer striker signing Roberto Soldado did not benefit from balls coming in to his feet with his back to goal. The 4-0 win against Anzhi Makhachkala with three goals from Soldado certainly showed why he came here.
His ability to finish from close range with balls coming in from the flanks is certainly his strength. Therefore, although it is unfortunate to see Levy show AVB the door so quickly in what was supposed to be a good pairing, this may prove the best thing for Spurs.
Should Sherwood take over in the interim this may give Spurs the flexibility to sign a more attractive candidate in the summer, such as Fabio Capello or Jurgen Klopp.
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