Andre Villas-Boas, having recently been named the new Tottenham Hotspur manager, will be hoping to swiftly rebuild his reputation and prove that he has what it takes to be a top manager in the Premier League.
Having been somewhat of a flop at Chelsea last season, he may have his work cut out replacing fans’ favourite Harry Redknapp, who was sacked by Spurs in the wake of a poor end-of-season run that followed the exit of Fabio Capello as England manager and the furore surrounding a possible Redknapp-to-England switch that ultimately proved fruitless.
Villas-Boas remains an exciting prospect nonetheless, and we can expect to see the now well-known squat at the edge of the pitch back on our screens again. With Spurs’ younger players, such as the enigmatic Gareth Bale already a mainstay of the team, there is no call for a remodelling of the squad, which was a factor that led to criticisms of AVB in his Chelsea days. This may mean less pressure on the young manager’s shoulders, coupled with the fact that he won’t have to contend with the Champions League this season after Spurs narrowly missed out to Chelsea by virtue of the latter’s cup success at the end of the last campaign.
Having just secured the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson for £8 million, AVB will be looking to bring in more new players as soon as possible, especially with the rumours surrounding a potential exit of Luka Modric being as strong as ever.
Whether he will be a success or not remains to be seen, but what can be said is that he will be hoping for positive results quickly to avoid any displeasure from the fans or battering from the media coming his way.