AVB Proving He Is The Real DealBy: Robert Reed | January 11th, 2013
It has been a smashing Christmas for the average Spurs fan. The results have kept rolling in over the tricky festive period and we now find ourselves in a very good position at the half way point.
It was always going to be a slow start, wasn’t it? New manager, new players; new direction. I can rarely remember a manager taking over a team in such high pressure circumstances, but it’s been a largely seamless transition. I have been tremendously impressed with our manager’s strength of character; pressure just rolls off the guy like water from a duck’s back.
As we all know AVB arrived in this country with a glowing reputation and was thrust into the hot seat of a very high profile club in Chelsea. He made some mistakes, certainly, but it would appear pretty obvious that he was given a raw deal by Abramovich.
Taking over Spurs the very next season was huge. Redknapp was very popular with the British press and there was plenty of sniping from them, Redknapp and the Chelsea camp. An awful lot of people wanted him to fail.
It is testament to his self belief that he just got on with the job in a professional manner, and it is testament to his abilities that the change over has not taken the club backward; even temporarily, but maintained the momentum and even pushed forward.
December’s Manager Of The Month award is very well earned, and has seen even Redknapp try and bury the hatchet.
While judgement should rightly be reserved for the end of the season, I am very happy with our manager’s progress so far and very optimistic for the future. So congratulations to Andre for his award, and a slap on the back to Daniel Levy for having the vision, and the balls, to give him the second chance he deserved.
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