The managerial merry-go round has been in full swing for the last several weeks with seven managers losing their jobs in eight days.

One man who is favourite to get the axe next is Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.

AVB has come under serious scrutiny after Spurs were humiliated by Manchester City at the Etihad 6-0. Their worst defeat in 17 years and one that brought embarrassment to the club.

…he steered them to safety…

Many questions were asked about AVB and fans and journalists alike raised doubts as to whether he was the right man to take Spurs forward and steer them towards a Champions League place.

So far the 36-year-old has had an up and down time in management. He started his career as one of Jose Mourinho’s assistants when he was at Porto, Chelsea and Inter, but after wanting to go on his own, he left Mourinho’s team and became manager of Portuguese side Académica in 2009. After a good first season in charge where he steered them to safety, AVB was linked with several clubs but he decided to go back to Porto and became their manager in June 2010.

…bring in a man who could take Spurs in a new direction…

His time at Porto was immense. The Portuguese side were unbeaten throughout the whole season as AVB steered them to four trophies and became the youngest manager ever to win a European trophy. After his successful season with Porto, Roman Abramovich paid a hefty buy out clause to get the Portuguese manager to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea struggled for results under AVB and in March 2012, he was sacked by the club.

The Tottenham Hotspurs board decided in the summer of 2012 to sack fan favourite Harry Redknapp and bring in a man who could take Spurs in a new direction. With that, the board turned to Villas-Boas.

…The Welshman thrived under AVB’s guidance…

Throughout much of his first season in charge at White Hart Lane, it looked like a Gareth Bale inspired side would take the final Champions League place, only to be pipped at the end by their arch-rivals Arsenal.

Much of the summer there was speculation regarding Gareth Bale’s future. The Welshman thrived under AVB’s guidance and he was wanted by a host of the worlds top clubs but in the end, Real Madrid paid a world record fee to take him to the Bernabeu.

…Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli…

With Bale’s departure, Villas-Boas had plenty of money to reimburse into the current squad. Spurs were very much a one man team in his first season in charge so AVB looked to build a team.

Over £100million was spent on players. Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Vlad Chiriches were all brought to the club.

…it takes time to adapt to the English game…

So far these signings haven’t covered themselves in glory but it takes time to adapt to the English game.

With his new signings struggling, AVB has not been getting the results many people feel they should be. They’ve been struggling to score goals and have only scored 13 times in the Premier League.

…AVB felt the recent criticism by some journalists was aggressive…

However after Tottenham’s 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City, many accused AVB of not being the right man for the job. He was accused of investing poorly the money that was generated through Gareth Bale’s departure, for playing a negative style of football. He was even attacked by former chairman Alan Sugar and AVB felt the recent criticism by some journalists was aggressive and agenda driven.

Villas-Boas came out fighting in his press conference after the 2-2 draw with Manchester United. Claiming reporters were showing him a lack of respect and were attacking his integrity and said that Alan Sugar was only interested in money, not the club.

…why shouldn’t a manager stand up for what he believes in…

Many claimed that AVB had a meltdown, that he was cracking under the pressure. But why shouldn’t a manager stand up for what he believes in. If he feels he has been treated unfairly then why shouldn’t he be allowed to say what he thinks and question the people that have insulted him.

What AVB needs now is to keep getting results. A hard fought 2-1 victory away to Fulham was a step in the right direction. He is the right man for Tottenham Hotspur football club and with the right backing he can take the club further than they ever have. Villas-Boas got the right backing at Porto and he brought them success. He didn’t get it at Chelsea and people then started to question his managerial ability.

…so determined to succeed…

AVB is an incredibly talented manager. Sir Alex Ferguson even claimed that Villas-Boas reminded him of himself when he was younger, so determined to succeed. The Portuguese manager is tactically sound. When his new recruits take to English football, Spurs will be a team that will be challenging for a top four finish.

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