AVB – Is He The Right Man?

Candidate for the Spurs hotseat, Andre Villas-Boas.

So, it looks like media darling Harry Redknapp’s been sacked, let’s all throw him a farewell party, shed a few tears about our fifth greatest manager at White Hart Lane, and reminsce of the glorious matches he reigned upon.

Meanwhile, back in reality, the media absolutely hate our potential new manager, why? Because he answered a question they put to him, in a way they didn’t like? Because he didn’t give Frank Lampard enough game time? Because he had a public bust up with Ashley Cole?

As most people know, the media love to influence the public opinion, if you don’t know that, then you’re one of them. If they don’t like someone in football, they make it clear, but oh so subtle, so it seems like it’s your decision.

It can’t be because of footballing reasons can it, surely not? He went unbeaten a full season with FC Porto (something even the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho couldn’t manage), he played attacking football with Porto, with talents such as Hulk, Falcao, Varela and Joao Moutinho pulling the strings for the Portuguese side, also keeping a strong back four (something Spurs desperately need) conceding only 13 goals in the league. Winning the treble isn’t bad either. He had an attacking team with Chelsea too, don’t forget, with Torres, Mata, Drogba and Sturridge all playing a part in the Chelsea XI at some stage during his short Chelsea managerial career.

People saying that AVB can’t speak English literally have no idea, his grandmother was from Stockport, so from a very early age he spoke fluent English.

The next issue: Tactics.

Some may say that he had an absolute nightmare at Chelsea, and in fairness, he did. But was that all his fault? In my opinion, no. When there are players at a club who have won the vast majority of trophies in England, and then a manager comes in who isn’t much older than them, they think, “We could probably do this job.”

I’m talking about the ‘Famous Five’ of Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

These players didn’t respect AVB and his accomplishments at Porto, and that was shown during the season, with a handful of dressing bust ups.

AVB has a younger squad with Spurs, than previous club Chelsea,  to preach his tactics (Spurs av age = 26.81, Chelsea av age = 27.58) and it’s not as if the Spurs players can oppose the young Portuguese manager, seeing as they haven’t won a major trophy.

But to say AVB is tactically inept is a joke when we had Harry Redknapp, who was regarded more for his motivational speeches rather than his tactics, even by his own players. Rafa van der Vaart, for example.

(via Rob Beasley of The Sun)

“There is a clipboard in our dressing room but Harry doesn’t write anything on it!

“It’s very relaxed. The gaffer gives us the line-up 20 minutes before we go out to do our warm-up.

“And the only words he speaks to me are ‘You play left or right, work hard, have fun and show the fans your best’.

“Then the defenders get an instruction about who to mark at corners and free-kicks — and that’s it.”

Although Rafa might like this approach, Redknapp’s tactics cost us some vital games, including home games against Wolves and Norwich, away at Arsenal and at Villa. 3 points against any of those teams and we would have Champions League and Redknapp might still have his job.

You could argue though, you need your players to express themselves, but in my opinion, players need to express themselves but you need a back up plan when that goes wrong, which Redknapp never had.

AVB is far tactically superior than Redknapp, and a majority of managers, he’s learnt from the best (Mourinho and the legend Sir Bobby Robson, I’ll explain the latter shortly.)

Whilst Bobby Robson was managing AVB’s local team FC Porto in the 90s, a 16 year old Andre wrote to Robson raising his concerns about leaving Domingos Palencia on the bench too often, He soon did. Back Villas-Boas sent a raft of statistics and arguments pinpointing why he was correct. The UEFA Cup-winning coach responded by asking him to supply data to support his argument.

Robson was so impressed that he offered the Portuguese a trainee position with the youth team’s coaching staff, and the rest is history.

AVB isn’t just a good tactician but also a good coach. AVB has helped establish some of the brightest talents in today’s game, such as Brazilian playmaker and goalscorer Hulk, and Columbian targetman Falcao, who now plies his trade in La Liga for Atletico Madrid.

Finally, I hope if AVB is appointed as Spurs manager, the Spurs fans give him a chance to bring some new faces in, and build a better, more competitiveTottenham Hotspur.

This entry was published on June 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm and is filed under Barclays Premier League. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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