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Andre Villas-Boas

Was Tottenham Hotspur’s AVB sacking more to do with the man than the manager?

“…there is an idea of a [Andre Villas-Boas], some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply […]

AVB steps out of Mourinho’s shadow with Tottenham Hotspur

His second coming didn’t start very well and critics were already calling for his head after the first three games, but it seems like Spurs have turned a corner and they owe it to Andre Villas Boas. After stepping out of Mourinho’s shadow and proving his mettle at Porto, the job at Chelsea seemed like […]

Tottenham Hotspur Boss Learning from his Spell at Chelsea

English journalists, particularly the tabloid ones, already have a well-rehearsed guide on what to say about Andre Villas-Boas. That he’s arrogant. That his only achievements were ‘lucky’ in a league Porto always win. That behind the tactics talk and gruff voice he’s actually clueless. That he’s a terrible man-manager. That he’s too young and inexperienced. […]

Mark Ogden On… West Ham supporting press, sacking Redknapp and Manchester

Since Manchester City became the richest club in the world, Manchester has become a focal point for football in this country, with both clubs finding themselves 19 points clear of the nearest team, Arsenal, last season. It will be some time before we can refer to Manchester as Milan, given their inability to progress in […]

Managerial tenure in the Premier League and football as a business

If you’ve ever listened to the BBC’s 606 Football Phone-In show after a manager has been sacked, then you’ve certainly heard the famous line uttered that “Football is a Business.” Of course, the Premier League is a business. The £3.018billion deal for domestic TV rights over a three year period is proof in the pudding, […]

James Ducker On… AV-B, Manchester, Eden Hazard and boring Spain

Jordi Alba joined Barcelona when he was just 9-years-old and stayed there for seven years before he was released. He signed for neighbouring UE Cornellà when he was 16-years-old and was soon called up to the Spain U-19 squad. Valencia paid €6,000 for the teenager where he went from strength to strength. He got his […]

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