Tottenham Fans Relax, Manchester City Were There Four Years Ago
A lot has been made since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas from Tottenham that maybe he should have been given more time in the job. Things like the departure of Gareth Bale along with the purchase of multiple players who have failed to make an impact. Certainly with the amount of money being thrown in both directions Tottenham fans might expect to be doing better than the current seventh position suggests.
Yes, he may have been the most successful manager Tottenham have had in the past. However, this is Premiership football and most Chairmen are results-driven businessmen. Many would ignore a manager’s general success and instead look at recent results; they see black and white, money spent against recent results. 5-0 against Liverpool, 6-0 against Manchester City and a 3-0 defeat against West Ham all stand out as reasons to ask, “What have you done for me lately?”
Hold on though Tottenham fans, look to your Manchester City counterparts for some reassurance. Four years ago today, their boss Mark Hughes, was fired for having a similar position to that Tottenham find themselves in. Having played one game more, City were one place higher and two better off than the current Spurs side. The results were the same, the manager was relieved of his duties. Some fans were happy, due to the fact he was a big Manchester United player and had never really accepted him into the blue half but then there were others, who had seen him have us progress to the quarter final of the League Cup before he was fired (another similarity).
The difference with Manchester City and Tottenham is that they instantly appointed Roberto Mancini to take the reigns. Although he has now gone he won them their first trophy since 1976 (first FA Cup since 1969) and then followed that up with the Premiership Title, first ever and first top flight division win since 1968.
The job now for Daniel Levy is to get the right man installed as soon as he can, or be prepared to write off this whole season. With the money spent in the summer there may not be anything left for an incoming manager and that could be a factor for getting the right manager. Either way, the decision to sack AVB will either look like a good decision or bad decision a couple of seasons from now. On a personal note, I think the mistake was made when Harry Redknapp was let go.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sports and The Sports Column. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.