11 Premier League games in and there are those who want Villas-Boas gone already. Do me a favour and go and support someone else...
It’s probably wise that one steers clear of Twitter every time Tottenham Hotspur succumb to a defeat. The knee jerking on the social networking site following the 2-1 loss to Manchester City was enough to pop the cap right out of its place.
First thing is first – Spurs were up against Manchester City. Not just any old team in the country, but the current Premier League champions and a side who, following Sunday’s result, are now unbeaten in 35 games at the Etihad Stadium.
Heck, a point for me would’ve been a minor miracle, let alone all three. But then there are those that after 11 games believe Spurs should have 33 points and be sitting pretty at the summit of the Premiership, regardless of all the mitigating factors.
For us realists however, it simply doesn’t work like that. A summer of changes, both managerial and in personnel, and it was never going to be smooth sailing from day one of the season. Yet, regardless of a new head coach coming in, who is attempting to instil new ideas, there are those that want Andre Villas-Boas sacked already.
That’s right, you read that correctly. Some already feel the 35-year-old has had long enough at the helm at White Hart Lane and that now is the time for him to be relieved of his duties. After 17 competitive encounters, now is the time to give the Portuguese tactician the old heave-ho.
The mind boggles. Bear in mind that Villas-Boas inherited a Tottenham Hotspur squad that lost Ledley King to retirement and was on the verge of selling Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart to Real Madrid and Hamburg, respectively.
Furthermore, the young tactician has, at various points in the season, lost the likes of Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mousa Dembele to injury, further hampering a squad that is already short enough on depth as it is.
Nevertheless, it hasn’t stopped the Harry Redknapp fanbase pine for the return of the veteran boss, regardless of his sacking 152 days ago. Granted, the back-to-back domestic defeats to Wigan Athletic and City aren’t exactly ideal, especially for a team hoping to secure a second successive top four finish.
Yet, there was never going to be immediate success following Villas-Boas’ appointment, it simply doesn’t work like that. Coming into a team that pre-dominantly played 4-4-2 to then switch to a 4-2-3-1 will take time for the players to adjust.
The drop down in quality is also evident. While Dembele is more the capable of replacing Modric – the Belgian was Real’s second choice if they couldn’t land his Croatian counterpart – Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson aren’t like for like’s for Van der Vaart.
But, this is the fault of Villas-Boas, once again. While finishing in the top six, three years running for the first time in 47 years, was a remarkable achievement; the expectations of fans has now risen significantly to the point where even if Spurs aren’t leading after 20 minutes at home, regardless of the opponents, supporters become restless.
This is picked up by the players and, as a result, the performances drop. Nevertheless, to suggest that Villas-Boas deserves to be sacked already is beyond absurd. Tottenham Hotspur are building for the future and ridding a manager who hasn’t been given a fair crack is going to be more detrimental than riding out the current down turn in form.
So, rather than calling for the head of the 35-year-old every time a result doesn’t go Spurs’ way, how about supporting the team as they look to return to winning ways. And if you are one of those that wants Villas-Boas ousted already, please stop going to White Hart Lane – you’re negativity is nothing but a poison that emanates around the stadium and will, in the long run, do more harm than good.