All Change at Spurs and Watford
Two managerial changes announced this week see a change in leadership at White Hart Lane and Vicarage Road.
July 3rd, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas crosses London to be named as the new Spurs boss, while it’s understood that Gianfranco Zola has been lined up by new Watford owners the Pozzo family to replace Sean Dyche, who reportedly received the bad news at the ground yesterday.
Villas-Boas replaces Harry Redknapp, whose tenure as Tottenham manager ended three weeks ago, with an eye already on strengthening a squad that narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification this spring – to the same Chelsea side that he’d guided to the last 16 of the tournament, whose subsequent cup win pushed Spurs out of the frame for next season.
Having shelled out around £45m to bring in fresh faces to the ageing Chelsea side last summer, its less-than-stellar performances led to the manager’s dismissal in March. It’s hoped that AVB’s latest Stamford Bridge form won’t follow him to North London.
Much like it’s hoped that former Chelsea ace Gianfranco Zola can improve upon last season’s 11th place finish in the Championship; albeit Watford’s best in four years. With a verbal agreement already in place despite Dyche’s prior knowledge of the search for a new manager, Zola looks set to take over the role very shortly in an attempt to hit the pre-season ground running.
Watford makes for the third football club owned by the Pozzo family – with patriarch Giampaolo Pozzo‘s purchase of La Liga team Granada in 2009 to add to his decades-long ownership of Serie A side Udinese – and it’s no secret that he’s a big fan of the former West Ham manager. Add to this the strong setup at the youth academy, and Pozzo believes that his new club will hold all the ingredients to mount an assault on the Championship title this season.