Villas-Boas sacked by Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur have been drawn against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the knockout stages of the Europa League – but as of this morning they have no manager to help begin preparations.
December 16th, 2013
Andre Villas-Boas was relieved of his duties as Spurs manager this morning in the wake of a 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool – themselves a somewhat lightweight side missing a couple of key players.
While Villas-Boas’ exit has been speculated over ever since the 6-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium, it’s what he did with the proceeds of the sale of Bale which have caused the most adverse reaction. Spending big on the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue has not reaped the dividends that senior figures at the club will feel they deserve – and with Spurs languishing outside even the Europa League spot that the side is already competing in mere weeks away from the re-opening of the transfer window, chairman Daniel Levy will feel that someone else may do better wheeling and dealing this time around.
It’s an especially bitter pill to swallow for sympathisers if one were to take into account the team’s Europa League performance to date; Spurs conceded only twice in the entire course of their Group K fixtures, winning six out of six to take top spot by double-figure points. Spurs also find themselves contesting a League Cup quarter-final this week, which makes it all the more poignant the desire to see a better placing in the one competition which really seems to matter – and the one above that should they finish fourth or better.
All in all, it’s domestic results which really count and, having conceded 11 goals in just two of them, this is where the club has chosen to part ways with its prodigious leader. The next man in the Hotspur hotseat will need to establish a much more solid side if it is to have another crack at a Champions League spot come May.