Tottenham Hotspur has a recent history of letting managers go midseason. This year, it's André Villas-Boas turn.
Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, relieved the manager of his duties after yesterday's embarrassing 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool — who have scored more goals from the run of play at White Hart Lane this season than Tottenham and who's top-scorer, Luis Suarez has score more goals this season in 11 games than Spurs have the whole of this season.
It's another sad turn for the best dressed manager in world soccer.
AVB was suppose to lead a revolution at Chelsea after winning the 2011 UEFA Cup with Porto in impressive fashion. He was suppose to be the next Jose Mourinho, who he mentored under as an assistant coach. It didn't work at Chelsea. The squad was in a revamping process — i.e. trying to get younger and less reliant on the old guard — and he out of favor with the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard. So Chelsea cut ties midseason and his replacement went on to finish outside the top four but win the elusive Champions League. Fast forward to 2013 and AVB is out of a job again after trying to reinvent a squad, introduce new philosophies to a crop of new, young players, and after making a solid start to a European campaign — this time it's the UEFA Cup, again.
This version of AVB fell because of similar sins, an unsuccessful attempt to play a high defensive line, poor midfield play and a draught in front of goal. And, again, he is out of a job in midseason with plenty of time for whoever his successor is to take over and make a few tweaks that will bring success.
The 36-year-old manager has plenty left to offer a team in need of a good, young manager, as long as they give him time and patience — as well as not forcing him to revamp a squad right before the season starts.
It will be interesting to see what Levy does, he's a shrewd businessman and known to be ruthless. But the pickings are slim at this time of year save recycled managers who have just been sacked, which isn't always a good sign.