You May Have A Point Andre, But…By: Robert Reed | July 16th, 2012
Firstly, let me reiterate the fact that I am very happy with the signing of Villas Boas as Spurs’ new manager. Anyone who has read any of my recent articles will know how excited I am about the new man’s appointment, so nobody take this as an anti AVB viewpoint.
Having said that, I find some of his recent comments a little unsettling.
AVB is very young to be a manager of a top club and although he was undermined and to a certain extent I believe double crossed at Chelsea, his inexperience certainly factored in what was a disastrous tenure at the club.
I’m sure he has learned a lot from that experience, and if he were between jobs having been sacked by Chelsea then that would be a suitable time to air his grievances about the situation if he felt that necessary. Now though his recent and repeated digs, however subtle, at his old club from his new post as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur are unbecoming of a man in his position.
The professional thing for him to do now is to leave all that in the past and concentrate 100% on his new job. I’m not surprised if he still holds a very big grudge against his old chairman but the way to set the record straight is to use the skills he believes he has and which were unappreciated at Chelsea to propel Spurs above his old club. There would be no sweeter revenge on Abramovich than to appear disaffected by the experience at Chelsea and leave him with his judgement questioned by his own supporters, as the man he sacked works wonders with their close rivals.
His latest comments are of the nature that Daniel Levy does not look for scapegoats when things go wrong. Well, I don’t know about that. I don’t think there is a chairman in the world who would suggest that anything was their fault when they could blame the manager. It’s been proven over the years that a manager can be given a lot of slack by their board but when it gets to the point where the fans go beyond blaming him and start turning their attentions toward the boardroom, the manager’s days are usually numbered.
That’s not to say that Levy isn’t a terrific chairman. I wouldn’t mind having Roman’s money thrown around at our club but that is as far as I would like the involvement of someone like him.
The fact is though that I find myself in the unusual position of being in agreement with a lot of Chelsea fans who are saying today that AVB should just shut up and get on with his job. Especially as I, personally, think he is going to do a very good job.
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