Board Risk Turning Tottenham Into Laughing Stock With AVB Sacking


Tottenham are dangerously close to becoming a laughing stock. Which is a ridiculous situation, given that they sit just two points off fourth and four points off second in the Premier League table.

Sometimes it’s the manner of a defeat that can antagonise, and Spurs certainly haven’t lost well this season. Being turned over 3-0 by West Ham is never acceptable, and then 6-0 to Manchester City? Well, that’s arguably Tottenham’s worst result this century.

The man in charge of things at White Hart Lane has a history of rubbing people up the wrong way. He did it at Chelsea, where his fractious relationship with the press put him on a rocky path from the start, and now AVB is starting to get on people’s nerves at Spurs too.

I get it: it seems the Portuguese is hell-bent on upsetting the apple cart, whether it’s blaming the fans for not creating a positive atmosphere at White Hart Lane, or publicly criticising his players after the Etihad implosion, claiming they should be “ashamed”.

But hold on a second... what, exactly, is wrong with that?

Tottenham’s players should be ashamed of themselves and, if that criticism went down like a lead balloon in the dressing room, then so be it...

Jan Vertonghen should be ashamed of the worst performance of his career; of his lack of professionalism in showing visible frustration at being played at left-back.

Hugo Lloris should be ashamed for gifting City two first half goals. Perhaps the 'keeper was nursing a hangover from France’s celebrations in Paris five days earlier, but that's no excuse.

And, Erik Lamela should be ashamed for surrendering possession almost every time he got the ball, and showing little or no desire to fulfil his duty to cut out the cross from Jesus Navas that led to City’s third goal – the killer blow.

It's the manager's job to to let the players know that such performances are unacceptable.

Now, as far as I'm concerned, if Spurs are about to axe Villas-Boas - as is being reported - then Chairman Daniel Levy is the one whose position should be called into question. Sacking Harry Redknapp in the summer of 2012 was absurd. Even if Redknapp was making a nuisance of himself at the end, this was still a man who'd fulfilled Levy’s ambition of seeing Spurs battle it out in the Champions League. And he'd done it in style.

Redknapp’s successor has struggled in certain areas of late, brought on mainly by his inability to make his new look side function as more than just a collection of strangers. Spurs are a team lacking personality right now. AVB's tactics have been a little off, too - not least his lack of success in devising an attacking system that gets the best out of Roberto Soldado, a man who scored 59 goals in 88 league games at Valencia.

But while Villas-Boas is yet to reach the heights here that he did in Portugal, Spurs would be mad to fire him. They were probably mad to fire Redknapp, but that’s a different story. This time Daniel Levy must stick by his man and recognise that while last Sunday was a humiliation, it should not herald a crisis.

There were bound to be problems after losing Gareth Bale. The man was a phenomenon, the type of which Spurs hadn’t seen since Paul Gascoigne. A player who scored 31 goals in 52 games last season was always going to leave a gaping hole, no matter how many perceived stars they acquired in his stead. Spurs are still adjusting to that, and so is their talented manager.

The fans seem to recognise that, and so it’s about time the Tottenham board showed some faith in their man. Otherwise Levy and co risk making the Tottenham hot-seat an impossible one to fill.

Andre Villas Boas is the 2.20 favourite to be the next manager to leave a Premier League club.  

Back Spurs at 1.30 to beat Tromso in tonight's Europa League clash. 

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