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Daily Debate: Should AVB have been axed?

After Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Tottenham, two TEAMtalk writers discuss whether it was the correct decision in Daily Debate.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 14:32 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Shown the door by Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas: Shown the door by Tottenham

In Daily Debate, two TEAMtalk writers give their views on a hot topic and then invite readers to decide who has put forward the best argument.

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Were Tottenham right to sack AVB?

Spurs are only five points off the Champions League places, they play West Ham in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals and are through to the last 32 of the Europa League, so should AVB have been shown the door? Rob McCarthy and Sam Nightingale have their say.....

Rob McCarthy - YES

When AVB was handed the Tottenham reins in July 2012 my first impression was that it was a good appointment, an appointment of a man with a huge point to prove after his ill-fated spell at Chelsea.

He could not have done much more than secure the club its highest ever Premier League points tally in his first season in charge, the problem was that Champions League football did not accompany that record haul and the ensuing exit of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid is what has ultimately cost Villas-Boas his job in my opinion.

The Welshman's matchwinning displays papered over a fair few cracks in AVB's management last season and without Gareth to Bale him out this time around, Spurs under AVB became a sterile attacking force that play at a snail's pace with very little creativity.

You could count on one hand the number of good performances from AVB's men this season, and six wins out of six against woeful opposition in the Europa League really doesn't count for anything as far as I'm concerned.

He failed to find the best solution to supply one of the best penalty-box finishers around in Roberto Soldado, constantly played inverted wingers that failed to have an impact on games and never altered from his 4-2-3-1 formation even when things were clearly going wrong.

I do think he learnt things from that spell at Chelsea and he was certainly more amenable, but when you start having a go at your own fans, as he did after the victory over Hull in October, then the rot had started to set in.

Certainly chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini need to shoulder part of the blame for the axing, but the more I watched AVB's Spurs the more I thought that his style of play was not suited to English football.

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Sam Nightingale - NO

Andre Villas-Boas had increasingly come under pressure in the last few weeks, with Tottenham's 6-0 hammering at Manchester City and 5-0 defeat at White Hart Lane to Liverpool denting the club's top-four ambitions.

But Spurs are still seventh in the Premier League table, and only five points off fourth spot.

I feel AVB deserved a bit more time before the Spurs hierarchy decided to wield the axe. Villas-Boas guided Spurs to fifth place last season with 72 points, a new club record. This was the highest ever Premier League points tally not to secure a Champions League berth.

AVB's preparations for this season were undermined by the whole Gareth Bale transfer saga, which was stretched out until the end of August by the Spurs board in order to maximise the club's financial return.

Sir Alan Sugar has argued AVB "was unprofessional in spending that amount of money". AVB did not spend that money, the club spent it, with the cheques signed off by chairman Daniel Levy.

It would be interesting to know which of Tottenham's summer signings were actually the choice of Villas-Boas, and which were the choice of Spurs' technical director Franco Baldini, who joined the club in June.

Paulinho and Christian Eriksen have both struggled after bright starts, although Eriksen has been on the sidelines recently after picking up an injury playing for Denmark.

Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Roberto Soldado are slowly getting to grips with the English game, but the likes of Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli have struggled so far.

When you bring in as many as seven players, it will take time for them to adapt, not just to the pace and intensity of the Premier League, but also off the pitch.

Perhaps Spurs shouldn't have splashed so much cash in the summer.

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