Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has decided to sack his manager Andre Villas-Boas after his team’s humiliating 5-0 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday. The Portuguese manager was in charge since July 2012 and finished fifth last season. Villas Boas leaves Spurs at the seventh place in the Premier League, six points behind second place Liverpool and eight points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Rumours sending Villas Boas out of Tottenham in case of a loss againt Liverpool were justified. The former FC Porto manager was relieved from his duties on Monday by Tottenham and has been temporarily replaced by Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand. Even though the defeat was humiliating, it was quite surprising to see the Portuguese manager being sacked looking at the circumstances of the loss. Three of the five Liverpool goals were scored after Tottenham midfielder Paulinho was sent off and it’s more than likely that Villas-Boas’ men wouldn’t have lost by such a big margin had they finished the game with 11 men.
Some would say that the 6-0 loss to Manchester City three weeks ago has also influenced Daniel Levy but only Hull City has left the Etihad Stadium without conceding four or more goals this season. Manchester United was beaten 4-1, Arsenal 6-3, Newcastle 4-0 and Norwich 7-0. Indeed it is true that a team that spent over 110 Million Euros in the last transfer window shouldn’t lose by such a big margin but the money spent last summer is precisely why Villas-Boas shouldn’t have been sacked. All the players brought in are his and the new manager will have to work with players he did not choose. Some of them will be sold at a loss.
Despite all the criticism towards Villas-Boas, Spurs are only six points behind second place Liverpool and five points behind fourth Manchester City after sixteen games. The Portuguese manager’s job was to lead Spurs to a top-four finish and it’s difficult to understand why he was sacked when his team is only five points away from that objective with twenty two games left in the season. The North Londoners have also won all of their six Europa League games scoring fifteen goals and conceding only two.
Seven new players have arrived this summer at White Hart Lane and many of them haven’t quite adapted to English football. Also, the injuries of central defenders Jan Vertonghen, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul have forced AVB as he’s called in England to use Etienne Capoue, a defensive midfielder in central defense. In 54 Premier League games as a Tottenham manager, Villas-Boas has recorded 29 victories, 12 draws and 13 losses. His winning percentage (53.7) is the highest of the past 13 Spurs managers.
After the departure of Gareth Bale and the arrival of seven new players in the summer transfer window, it was obvious that Andre Villas-Boas was going to need time to get the best out of his team. Unfortunately, managers nowadays are sacked even before they get to implement their ideas. For Villas-Boas, also sacked from Chelsea almost two years ago, it’s going to be very difficult to find a way back in English football.