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AVB!

In what has become the worst kept secret in football. Andre Villas-Boas will supposedly be unveiled as the new Tottenham manager, and I have to say that despite a few worries and thoughts of 'if it ain't broke' etc, I am rather excited at the idea of bringing in this guy, and perhaps even more, the direction I believe the club are taking. Sure its a gamble, but I like the excitement of a game of chance, especially if I'm not playing with my own money and of course if it all falls on its arse, I can always go back to claiming I told you so...

I have been really interested to see not only Spurs, but also Liverpool, Villa, Swansea (again) and even WBA and Norwich, all go for new managers who have a proven track record for being technically excellent and also developing and improving players, and without a mega rich benefactor to fudge the books with a £100 million sponsorship deal for the clubs Tea Urn, it is impossible to imagine any team fulfilling its own potential without developing and finding its own talent. All at a fraction of what it costs to buy a quality No 9, in an inflated market.

Like or dislike the idea of AVB taking on the job at WHL, it appears clear that he has very definite idea on how to play the game and also seems to like to work with young and talented footballers, perhaps this also being easier to impact his playing ethos, whilst also having a few years on them, as opposed to being younger than half of the Chelsea squad, which was always going to cause problems. Looking at what he will have to work with. Not only do I see a Spurs squad that I feel will embrace his ideas, but I also see there being natural wastage as opposed to it being enforced at Chelsea to an obviously reluctant squad. I can also see a man who will look at the young and untested players and be prepared to take a chance on their quality, which is a good thing for everyone.

I actually have a real feeling that AVB will look at one or two of our young players such as Dean Parrett, Tom Carroll or Alex Pritchard and rapidly promote them into the first team picture. The latter two may be considered physically small, but all three have the vision, technique and industry to make an instant impression on a new and visionary manager and whether it is one or more of those three or others, that are yet to taste Premiership football, I can see one or two pleasant surprises.

It is with some amusement that the media talk about Tottenham being an ageing squad, when we have a great core of young players, with what was a scattering of 30+ veterans. Perhaps without the likes of Friedel, Gallas and the rest, they would have all complained that we lacked leadership and experience, and we would have done far better if we had a few 'been there and done that' old heads in the squad...

What does seem evident is that we will be looking at a far younger squad, which will partly be due to the departures of Nelsen, Saha and perhaps Gallas, King and even Van der Vaart, and you can see a time very soon, when being over 27, will be seen as old within the Tottenham ranks, and although that raises some concerns with me, as long as the team is moving forward, that will be fine with everyone, which is what is really important.

As a fan I obviously care about my club winning silverware, but it was never the motivation to support and enjoy watching Tottenham Hotspur. I now have the responsibility of an eleven year old son, who has an equally devout loyalty to the club and I want him to feel pride and enjoyment in what is a lifetime commitment. At his age, I witnessed relegation, but also some superb players, but there was always an attempt to play good football and to entertain. Perhaps those innocent days are gone forever, but if we can't win trophies, I still want to feel we have a chance and in doing so we continue to play the Tottenham way and if AVB can continue in that tradition, he will be a very welcome appointment in my eyes, whether we are winning Champions leagues or just playing great football somewhere in the top half of the division, but with an emphasis on developing and entertaining, that will be good enough for me...




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Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 3 2012

Time: 10:08AM

Your Comments

Twitter's hopping..
spursftw
First silver?
Zummerzet Spur
Bronze
yiddyboy
Yeah i hope the new guy brings in some young talent but obviously we need some experience as well. Either from some of the guys he has yet to work with...or by bringing some in. At the end of the day an announcement needs to be soon so this can all take off...the quicker the better...so we can take shape going into pre-season and the start of the PL. I will be a whole lot happier when we have a manager! COYS.
SpursOne2
Just having a wander round the press usual stories - bentley / jenas going, Gio staying and then JV ! IF we beleive his quotes I'am getting confused. I can understand Spurs not saying anything till managers sorted to ensure he is seen as part of the new order, but I thought the problems with his contract were sorted. from what the media say it seems to be back between the two clubs! Any of the (real) ITK's have any insight ????? Oh Ox mentioned Pritchard, I thought he was out of contract this year, has he signed again ?
spurexile
Can't wait for the new boy and his new boys!
Slurms McKenzie
Woah..After dumping players like cudicini,gallas,parker to spuds now spuds have even accepted another chelsea thrash AVB as their manager.Looks like they'll compete will villa for a better place in league.Oh yeah..almost forgot "All the best for your thursdays".All the best for your matches against Anzhi and vitesse...lol
disco_iitm
Anyone know if Spurs have called a press conference for today?
vicspur
i will laugh if they name someone else.cant see a manager being named with daniel levy in america thou
topspur53
Great article Ox I'm just as excited by this appointment. I've been reading quite a lot about his style of play and his views on the problems he had implementing it at Chelsea and I'm confident that he is the man to take us forward.

Clever move to announce him now but not hold a press conference until a later date. It gives us a chance to bring in a few new faces and gives the press a chance to get a grip rather than just throwing him to the wolves now. I'm expecting it to be a combination of kit unveiling, AVB, the Sig and Vertonghen. COYS
Spurs Allday
My worry is that we start getting dis-affected players moaning that AVB doesn't put his arm around them or just tells them to go out and round around abit. First player to say this should be draged out into the street and beaten with balls of his own sh.1te
Slurms McKenzie
Oh and i feel that Gallas, Parker and VDV we must keep for the coming season.....regardless of who comes in!
SpursOne2
Genuinely excited about this news - and agree with you Ox, he is just the man to help the likes of Parrett, Bostock etc realise their potential
Milestones
spurexile - I thought Gio got a plane back from Mexico's Olympic games training, to complete the paper work for him to join Ath Madrid. Did they not offer him FREE HEADBANDS in the deal, wish he would just pi$$ off.
spu 4 life
Still it will be nice to see a little rotation in the squad so we don't burn out come february!
Slurms McKenzie
It wouldn't surprise me if it isn't AVB. As they say Dan Levy works in mysterious ways! If it is him, it will either be a disaster or a master stroke with nothing in between. To dare is to do..
In-spurs-ational
I with you spu 4 life most long winded transfer saga ever its time to sh.1t or get off the potty...
Slurms McKenzie
I'm still not 100% convinced that AVB will be named...we've heard nothing from wither the man himself or the club in regards to this since Villas Boads apparently threatened to throw his dummy out of the pram because he'd heard we were talking to Lauren Blanc. Since then it's been nothing but media guesswork and as we seen earlier this year, who they think will be appointed manger...isnt always the reality (i.e. Redknapp & England).

That said, I'd welcome AVB as I would any new manager. I'm with Ox on this in the sense I didnt really feel we desperately needed the change an in my eyes, the only real immediate benefit we'll see is the end to the groans regarding Redknapp and his supposed ineptness with...well everything!!

What I'm more looking forward to is the supposed £70m the manager will be given. If we can spend that wisely then we shoudlnt be too far off a title challenge or at least the top 3.
KierzoSBC
disco_iitm - Thanks for your input and very welcome on vital spurs, have a great season, hope you have lots of fun as well....
spu 4 life
Won't be an announcement until next week !!
SUper Yido
disco_iitm - Keep dreaming****.... Wonder how long your current puppet manager has before he is dumped? And those player you listed...helped us finnish 4th....while the chavs scrapped 6th /big clap.
SpursOne2
In-spurs-ational I take it your prediction for the coming season is win the league or relegation?
Slurms McKenzie
I still think AvB is a smoke screen !!
SUper Yido
Hearing good things about this Oscar fella....
SpursOne2
I am firmly behind the guy IF he is the new manager. For all he belly aching the press have been doing his win percentage at Chelski was a tiny fraction below Redknapps. With the right players coming in there is no reason we will fall from where we are as in large we have the same squad of players who have finished 4th, 5th and 4th, we just may have a bit more tactical nouse about us to grind those draws into wins. COYS!
Bristol_Spur
We all think it's AVB, the papers thinks it's AVB, but Levy has never said it's going to be AVB and come to that AVB has never said i have the job? ..........Spurs New Manager IS ?????
spu 4 life
On another note I keep hearing that some mad, sorry astute, clubs are interested in Bentley. Now I know that if we get anything more than 10p plus a Mars bar, sorry £10m, for him it will be good business. Therefore can we please have positive posts about Bentley, otherwise other teams might think we want to get rid of the chancer, sorry great player
In-spurs-ational
disco_iitm works both ways you numpty. Sol Cambell to A***nal ring any bells? Ashley Cole to Chelski ring any bells? Offering 40mil for Modric ring any bells? Don't know who you support but your making your club sound thick if this is your argument. Move on now and be a good little boy
MrPaddytheyid
Who Is this Disco guy? What's up ..... They let you have 5 mins on the laptop at your local youth centre blud ?? Go away and talk benefits with your own fans. DOUCHÉ
SUper Yido
I hope it's a twist and it's PEP GUARDIOLA, only because i have a £10 bet at 40/1.........If that comes up i might treat myself to a LEG OF LIVER........
spu 4 life
Spot on Spurs allday - Think the club will announce the manager first and possible the players at a later date/s. This will give the press the chance to rehash the flop stories, take some of the sting out of it. Then the massive unveiling of players, manager, kits etc in one go. As far as I am aware the club havent said they will announce anything today. So if nothing happens trust people will aim their anger at the press where it belongs.
spurexile
SUper Yido - Who's you money on for next week then matey?
SpursOne2
Slurms, not really, just either fourth from bottom or second with a cup win or three
In-spurs-ational
dont believe the press have any idea, its all guesswork
topspur53
I'm actually really bored with playing a stupid guessing game. I'm beginning to think no new manager is in place as WHY wait to announce them if you already have your man? This will all end in disappointment, I now leaning toward Tim Sherwood as manager as he is the only guy that actually is at the club and has a new role!! AVB is out of work, all this nonsense about losing his weekly/monthly fee from Chelsea, it's not like he is skint and can't afford to lose his benefits now, is it? Levy is in the US, and that is a fact or another piece of ITK bollox? And where's Coopsie, when Levy is out of town so is Coopsie (Clark Kent all over again)
yiddyboy
I think he's a brilliant choice, he will need time tho. Getting a bit fed up of waiting for the official announcement tho, I wanna hear what he has to say. Transfers are moving aswel, looks like Gomes is goin to Blackburn!! They like our keepers don't they lol
hudderspur
I'm pretty sure it is AVB guys, it's totally different to the press calling for Harry to get the England job. At no point did they ever say that Harry was on his way to FA HQ to sign a contract. They never get things this far wrong. Towards the time when Hodgson was appointed they started reporting that he was very much in contention.
Spurs Allday
When was it ever a secret how can you claim its the worst kept secret ?
SonicBorg
Only thing I know for certain is that there haven't been any announcements about anything... only press speculation that may or may not be true. i mean who decided today would be the big unveiling? don't get me wrong, I hope it is and I hope it is AVB, but if nothing happens would I be disappointed, yes, surprised, certainly not.
Cape Town Spurs
disco_iitm - His A RAPPER, when i say rapper, he wraps gifts at the charity shop, part of his community work experience.
spu 4 life
This would be our fourth flirtation with a non British manager after Gross, Jol and Ramos. Will AVB be a success? Does it matter? We'll have a new manager before the end of 3 years anyway. Forget Bill Nicholson, that seems to be the Tottenham way now.
hiano
So ox,u wud rather play pretty football in top half and fin 10th rather than fin in top 4??sums it up really.
Sweenspur
Well according to the majority of the press he'll be confirmed around mid-day but there's no press conference until pre-season training starts.
Spurs Allday
Still hoping that AVB is just a convenient red herring for DL to allow him to get who he really wants. Perhaps though it is him and all the delay is to allow us to make some signings of players who might not come if they know we have a manager with a reputation of being a lousy man manager
Forever Spurs
Maybe Levy has been looking at what happened at Chelsea a bit too much. If their team won the Champs league with no official manager, just think what we could do with no manager for the whole season.
In-spurs-ational
Hey Ox wanna swap your 11 year old for my 9 year old? Mine hates football!! Only knows 2 teams Barca and Man U!
strawboy
See the Daily Mail are saying he HAS signed a 3 year deal ! bringing with him Jose mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa. And ! ! we are trying to do a modric / Higuain deal. Well if its in the mail.....................
spurexile
As you say it appears to be nailed on, for better or for worse that AVB is the next Spurs manager, perhaps when Levy stops playing silly buggers he will actually announce it. I must be honest and say I have missgivings, and wonder at the wisdom of apppointing a guy who up untill now is very much a "one trick pony". He has had 2 jobs at top level. He succeeded at Porto, winning a league and cup double in an unbeaten season in a legue of limited quality, and then won the EL. He then went to Chelsea, and failed dismally, the reasons have been the subject of media conjecture, with allegations of player power etc. but the fact remains he failed, somebody else came in (Roberto Di Matteo) and won both the FA Cup and CL with the exact same players as AVB had villified i.e. Terry, Lampard, and Drogba playing key roles. His man management skills were called into question, and his dealings with the media were disasterous, he appeared to resent any questions, and generally behaved as a petulent juvenile. I think his appointment is a huge gamble, it may come off and prove to be a masterstroke, or it may prove to be a disaster. I am surprised the gamble was taken at all, as it was common knowledge that 2 very experianced and successful coaches in Blanc, and Deschamps, were becoming available both with greater experiance both as players and coaches, and both with PL experiance as players. The thing that gives me the greatest concern is that "AVB impressed Mr. Levy at his interview "presumably so did Graham, Hoddle, Pleat, Santini, Jol, Ramos, and Redknapp before him, Mr. Levy's record at picking managers is a history of failure generally, with one or two "savers" in Jol and Redknapp chucked in. I hope for the sake of the club AVB succeeds, but their must be grave doubts regarding his ability to adapt to an environment outside his comfort zone in Potugal.
Frank
SpursOne2 I like spu 4 life have a sneaky bet on Pep .... I don't expect it to happen I just think the whole situation stinks of Levy and I love it !! Like someone else said do peeps really think a manager will be announced while Lord Levy is in the States ?? Still, I wouldn't mind if the club wanted to announce AvB today ;)
SUper Yido
Hope we are gonna get some news today on avb and a couple of signings but most likely gonna be about avb does anyone know what's going on.with vertongen his he comeing or not.
rockerty rock8
Frank, I agree with alot of what you are saying, however being a great player and a great manager are really not associated with each other. I don't really recall SAF, Wenger, Mourinho being great players! I'm hearing 12 o'clock announcement, AVB is the man, very unreliable source mind you!
yiddyboy
Boo! & pretty much in a nutshell what Frank just said. But he'll get 100% of my support despite my reservations
Nugget
What is all this bollox about Di Matteo winning the cup? If AVB had been that bad then they wouldnt have still been in the FA cup or Champions League to win the bloody things.
bish-10
Wouldn't surprise me if DL is playing the media to keep Spurs in the spotlight with some well-timed 'leaks' from WHL. Someone spouted the Redknapp dismissal to the press before even HR knew anything about it.
Zummerzet Spur
rockerty rock8 - Vertonghen still has a dispute between him and Ajax over contractual fee owed. He thinks he's entitled to 15% of tranfer fee, Ajax say this only applies if the fee is greater than €20m and it's €12m..
yiddyboy
I think we all provoke each other !!! We are die hard fans and want some news on our club !!!! And some signings !!!
SUper Yido
Frank doesn't the experience that AVB earned with chelse with regard to man managing and dealing with the press count for nothing? Experience is gain from both success and failure. every new manager is a gamble, no-one can predict how the player will react to them and their staff. Chelsea and England and shown recently that appointing vastly experience foreign managers doesn't result in success. I would much rather have a guy who has made his mistakes at another club in the same league and has or is willing to learn from them.
Slurms McKenzie
Yep its official, not really official but its a done deal. AVB is our new manager. I have no ideas who his/our targets are but Vertonghen and Sugurdsson deals are done and dusted.
spurspanther
AVB shares are on teh rise, although AvalonBay Communitie Inc has nothing to do with football :-)
yiddyboy
So every man and his dog knows it's AVB and Levy still doesn't want to make an announcement?
yiddyboy
Yiddyboy, I never said that being a great player equates to being a great manager. I merely said that both Blanc and Deschamps had greater experiance as both players and coaches compared to AVB's 2 jobs, in one of which he had failed dismally.
Frank
thfc1882whl can't we have both is it too much to ask for enteraining and winning football. I want Spurs to win the league and cups by lighting up the competitions they are in. Iwant to be cooing over their brand of football and then want topick up ever paper the read about others cooing over their brand of football. Yes they will need to grind out 1-0 results ut not against modest or weaker oponents. And I want a manager annouced that will give me all these things. What it boils down to is - I'm easily pleased.
Slurms McKenzie
If we have signed Sigardsun...er..Zigurdson....erm...Sigurdsson....er, the Swedish.....er..Icelandic bloke we'd all better learn to spell his name!
bish-10
Guardiola is at Heathrow, Blanc is at Gatwick and AVB is at City Airport What are the chances of that! Everyday as a Spurs fan is like transfer deadline day
yiddyboy
OK Frank, I get your point now. Why is Levy in the US, can anyone answer that?
yiddyboy
SUper Yido - Yeah i hear ya matey. And that would really be great news...and a big finger to the press at the same time? Just to chuck this in thou......who says levy is in.. or still in the states? COYS.
SpursOne2
Some dude who claims to be 'itk' on Twitter says there will be a press conference at 14:00 today !!
SUper Yido
He probably read that on here and posted it cause now hes ITK Supers Yido
Slurms McKenzie
Well I was reason somethig about him going backward and forward from the US because of an unwell family member. I know his mother passed away but this is something else ?!? Or just press BS !!
SUper Yido
Frank. To judge AVB on his longevity at Chelsea would be harsh. How many managers have they had since the Russian Crimelord took over? And most of the sacked managers won something so its just a matter of time. You rarely come out of Chelsea smelling of roses.
bish-10
Ha ha Slurms .... Probably !! Us Vital mob are ITK an the epitome of it
SUper Yido
I'll be very, very happy to have AVB as our new manager. However I'm a little concerned as to why his appointment (if it is to be him) has taken so long. I read with interest in the Independent this morning that the delay was down to AVB thinking about taking the job and not a delay in us offering it to him. Now if that is the case I can't see why an unemployed very young manager would have to think for more than 5 seconds to take on the job of managing a club like Spurs. Being positive I hope the delay in his acceptance was so he could get assurances as to player arrivals and board support should he accept the job of taking us forward over the next 4 or 5 years. Looking at it negatively maybe he's worried about taking another high profile PL job so soon after the Chelsea debacle. I really hope it's the former and not the latter as the latter would betray a lack of self-confidence and a thick skin, both of which he will need in abundance over the coming months to get through what the 'Harry loving' media are likely to throw his way. If it is to be AVB he will need our patience and support as we go through what could be choppy waters as we rebuild our squad so it is properly positioned to become real challengers over the next few years. COYS. COAVB (if it's him!)
SpuriousLife
So apparently he's in WHL right now and announcement within the hour..
spursftw
AvB was doomed at Chelsea the day he rocked up! How can you expect players the same age as him to respect him ? He never had the respect or the backing of Roman even though they paid a lot of money for him !! He was always goin to fail ...... BUT ..... If you look at his game/win ratio in pretty sure it was better than Recaro's !!!
SUper Yido
In the USA on family business is the official line I think. Of course I heard that Pep had enrolled his kids into a NY school so maybe DL is visiting more than family...hey you have to dream
Forever Spurs
Levy is like a secret agent...private jets...secret meetings....dealing with big Russian bosses when they try to kick stuff off us. Fingers crossed for today chaps...I'm trying to get tickets to the Steveage game sorted so i hope the new man is here for that. http://www1.skysports.com/football/teams/tottenhamhotspur/fixtures-results
SpursOne2
Are we really happy that our new manager will be AVB, or are we just really hoping for a manager to be named so we can move on??

I'm just so bored of this now....it will be AVB, but it could be Blanc, might be Deschamps, what if we got Pep, levy might even throw an unknown at us!!

I think that this has just gone on for what seems like ages, too long infact. I think we are just happy to see a name be confirmed.
mattspurs
Roy Keane has been spotted around White Hart Lane this morning...
Slurms McKenzie
AVB would be a good appointment if we are looking at the longer term. Will need two seasons to shape the team his way and I hope he will be given the time and resources that Hoddle wasn't. Personally I think his time at Chelsky will be to our advantage as he would have learned a few lessons in how to deal with English football and media. It may be the case of thank you Mr Abramovic, the man with more money than football sense. COYS
ItalianYiddo
Cant expect anything to happen soon as Daniel Levys office at WHL is timelocked and he cant get back in until 10 to midnight on transfer deadline day.
bish-10
When you look at the successful teams they deliver a statement of intent, direct and to the point. Us at Spurs build something up so high that it can only disappoint, if it is AVB he should have been announced at least 2 weeks ago, all this nonsense is dragging our club through the dirt. This is like christmas, all the hype and when it comes you can't be bothered anymore.
yiddyboy
mattspurs we are currently all like lost sheep looking for a good shepherd to guide us on to greener pastures....
In-spurs-ational
Slurms McKenzie - So was Jamie Redknapp....maybe stepping up into managing? :-)
SpursOne2
I'm also reading that AVB is set to lose 11m by signing for Spurs where he will be offered 16m over 4 years. If this has an element of truth in it then I guess Chelsea need to add another 11m on the Modric fee as a gesture of goodwill.
yiddyboy
I'm hoping it is really going to be AVB, anyone else now would seem like a disappointment. Of all the names mentioned, he excites me the most. It's true, it could all go pear shaped, but as is the way with Spurs, it will never be boring
In-spurs-ational
Saying on Twitter he is already signed...please some1 just make it official already!!!! COYS
spurs2468
ITK: Avram Grant just spotted strolling downPaxton road!
Slurms McKenzie
yiddyboy, from what I've been reading, it doesn't look like anyone wants to pay what we want for Modric. Who knows, he may still be a Spurs player come next season and if so (as long as he keeps his head) that could possibly be our best signing of the transfer window
In-spurs-ational
"the man with more money than footballing sense" Isn't that the truth! He wanted AVB to get Chelsea playing like Porto only with a squad that had been built around getting results at all costs and having a load of players signed "for him" that didn't fit his style either! The guy had no chance the only players he bought in were the likes of Mata, Mereiles and Romeu the rest he couldn't use. Cahill was bought "for him" when he wanted Vertonghen and low and behold Cahill ends up sat on the bench. Add to that the Chelsea players who "didn't fit" were the most poisonous at the club and its easy to why it wrong. I truly believe with some proper common sense backing he'll do a good job for us.
Spurs Allday
David Pleat just spotted near Soho. So no change there
In-spurs-ational
Don't give up on Mcleish - He has a great track record (in Scotland)
mattspurs
Spurs Allday, I hope that his experience at his last job will teach him things he was unable to learn at Porto. You need to have experienced the bad times to know what not to do - here's hoping anyway
In-spurs-ational
Off the subject of AVB, HR will be charged with further offences come September, reason why England and tottenham stayed away from him, I won't say " it's from a good source" but come end of year I'm sure I ll b saying I Told u, u heard it here 1st.
muk"yid"ster
mattspurs I think you've got it. When Harry said this team would win the league in the next two years, he was referring to the Scottish league. I hear we are planning on taking Rangers' place in the league
In-spurs-ational
In-spurs-ational I'm sure he's picked up a lot from that experience. Sometimes it's difficult in the heat of the situation to be able to see where you've gone wrong. I'm sure during his time out he's been able to reflect on it with a clear head. Apparently when he was sacked he left the place in tears so if it hurt him that badly then he'll have been focused on making sure it never happens again.
Spurs Allday
I'm calling for Mick McCarthy but only because the press conferences would be entertaining - the football would be dire
Slurms McKenzie
AVB rolling big time now....plus he will bring Jose Mario Rocha & Daniel Sousa as physical trainer & tactical scout. Tim Sherwood in tech director-like role. Wheres coops i prefer his ITK bollox.
SpursOne2
BREAKING NEWS*** I'm bored and need to eat !! Any news let me know !!
SUper Yido
In-spurs-ational I like the sound of Glasgow Hotspurs!!! Too funny mate
mattspurs
SpursOne2 just had a frightening thought, Daniel and Coopsie are in america together - thrashing out the final details of his new three year contract!!!!!!!
Slurms McKenzie
Biggest rumour concern today is that Siggurdson and his agent were seen in Liverpool last night. That would upset me as he is a great prospect & a great fit for Spurs. Hopefully yet another BS rumour. Lots of talk about 2pm today, but I always thought it was Wednesday, so won't panic too much if no news today.
Windlespur
Just seen an unknown man wearing a tracksuit walk out of Spurs. havent got a clue who is his but must be our new manager - Tracksuit + leaving Spurs = manager
mattspurs
Weird that the BBC are reporting absolutely nothing??? ITV website now has the story but nothing on the BBC site. If there was an announcement coming within the next hour or so they'd be all over it surely? Please don't delay this, it's already gone way past boring.
Spurs Allday
am just going out for about 90 mins. what are the decking odds that he will be confirmed in that time???
oxfordspur
I think your safe Ox. You could probably go away for a 4 week cruise and still come back to us submitting articles about who are next manager could be!!
mattspurs
It has crossed my mind that there will simply be an announcement today as opposed to any press conference. Levy is in the States and as a club they seemingly prefer to just make a press statement on the OS and unless it is in their interests to make a big show of something they rarely do it. also if there is any truth in a takeover/partnership, I can see any big media show being for than not an appointment of a manager. remember Harry's appointment, it was at about 11.30 pm
oxfordspur
Slurms McKenzie - Ha well we can speculate on new signings then.... Demeble, Dempsey...that other really quick Striker who begins with D he bangs on about....and it will be the end of Parker, Defoe and Modric also. Cmon coops you better rotate the team!
SpursOne2
AVB doesnt fill me with confidence, he tried to play a very high line at Chelsea with Terry in the back 4. He tried to play technical football with Obi Mikel and Malouda in midfield meaning they had decent possession (sometimes), but no cutting edge. His Chelsea team just looked so terrible, even against 2nd rate opposition, like Birmingham in the cup! I just hope he has learned from his mistakes and we havent just brought in the next "Harry Redknapp"
Guyver
Just stole this from Twitter: Spurs are set to finally confirm their manager in the next 24 hours as Andre Villas-Boas, former assistant manager to John Terry at Chelsea.
oxfordspur
Spurs Allday - Agree mate
SpursOne2
I have grave doubts that AVB can manage in the pressure cooker that is the EPL. I hope he is not throwing himself into another situation he can't handle as that will not be good for us, or him as no doubt there is a talented coach in there
Forever Spurs
Apparently Gary Soherty said he would sue if we try calling AVB The Ginger Pelé
SUper Yido
expect an announcement at 1430pm today to be buried as it occurs at the same time as the GB athletics team unveiling.
Wilts Spurs
expect an announcement at 1430pm today to be buried as it occurs at the same time as the GB athletics team unveiling.
Wilts Spurs
I think people fail to mention a major cause of his problem at Chavski was the fact he was returning there, having been an assistant under Mourinho. This was always going to be problematic with scum like Terry around
kernowboy71
Andy Murry's out............maybe, maybe not, who cares.

and who's leaking everything, did we forget to take back Rednapps keys!
T.H.F.Chris
mattspurs, we could be called Glasgow Inspired Tottenham, or GIT for short
In-spurs-ational
The more I read on the bloke the more he sounds like Harry's opposite. Not media friendly, hard working on the training ground, tactically meticulous bordering on obsessive, gathers statistical player data regarding performance/injuries etc. He sounds far more professional, he needs to lighten up a little bit but otherwise I'm liking the sound of the guy.
Spurs Allday
From Chelsea sacking (after taking 2nd placed team to 6th) to Spurs job (where previous manager finished unprecedented EPL 4th twice) is basically out of the frying pan and into the fire for AVB. Tough task indeed to rebuild his credibility. Guyver is essentially right - the guy has to learn that you just cannot play that open football in EPL. Porto played the same way. Harry got us hard to beat (unless we were playing Man U & Man C), and AVB should not unravel that - WHILST obviously trying to do what he does best. Big challenge.
TonyRich
TonyRich we weren't very "hard to beat" in the second half of last season. Norwich, QPR, Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal, United, City did I miss anyone?
Spurs Allday
Fact is TR that he has to build his team to play his philosophy. That means change. Most people don't like change because it takes them out of their comfort zone. Players who are young will like the challenge because it puts them on a more equitable footing with the older players whilst the older players generally rebel because their "automatic" pick on the team is threatened. It all depends on how quickly they adapt to and adopt his philosophy. But there is no doubt in my mind that he can be a winner in the EPL.
jvd
I've worked out that if AVB had managed the full 38 games, rather than 20 - and they had continued their form they would have finished with 70points (we had 69pts) which would have been good enough for 4th .... not bad considering all the hassle and aggravation. He will be a club older and wiser.
kernowboy71
frank has made very valid points. i dont think others mentioned are as big a gamble as AVB will be IF selected.Ancelotti did leave smelling of roses bish-10. he should have got the spurs job 6mths ago.
topspur53
ITK update : News coming in that there will be an announcement about a forthcoming announcement to be announced soon. Stay tuned for further announcements
In-spurs-ational
Spurs Allday - Last season 9 defeats (four defeats against top 2), season before that 8 defeats (where Chelsea, Man C and Arsenal all finished above us but did not lose fewer games). Equals hard to beat in anyone's book.
TonyRich
KB71 That's a very interesting statistic. He'd also already played 7 of the 10 PL matches against the 5 teams that finished above them so there's every chance they'd have even more points than that.
Spurs Allday
TonyRich I said 2nd half of last season which would be what, 6 league defeats and one cup semi final drubbing = not hard to beat
Spurs Allday
Spurs Allday, 6 league defeats and one cup semi final drubbing could also mean one distracted manager
In-spurs-ational
jvd - that is what I said - "whilst trying to do what he does best"... However, some tactics work in other leagues and do not translate. So far he has had one season here and not done well. So he has to adapt it. Tough. Yes, I am well out of my comfort zone - because we were progressing steadily - points-wise, position-wise, stature-wise. Anyone who comes in will have to change something. But Chelsea changed Ancelotti's 1st and 2nd for AVB and got 6th. When you are near the top, change normally makes you go back a bit. It is whether he can get it going quickly enough.
TonyRich
Or it could mean that the players do not really care who the manager is which is why it was important to sort Harry's contract out so the players would know where they stand. Hang on a minute, haven't I just contradicted myself, surely not
In-spurs-ational
Can someone tell me how many hours are in a day......All I have heard is that Spurs will make an announcement in the next 24 hours. Now I'm no maths genius but I'm almost 100% sure that this has been ongoing for at least a week so that makes it 168 hours.

I would be more Happy for Levy to realse a statment saying "To all you nutters on VS, Please stop writting articles about the next manager. Spurs are as close to getting a new one as there is a chance of world peace. If I was you lot I would just carry on living your lives until such a time when I feel it necessery to include you all in club issues. I will tell you this though, It will be a man, he will be aged between 35 and 70 years old, He will have managed at least 1 proffesional team in his carrear, he will have a coat or maybe a tracksuit, he might have a beard or he might not, he might be Foreign, but could also be Brittish, he might even be here in time for the Newcastle game (TBC). Now stop all your crazyness and leave it to me. You will be notified in due course" DL

Now that would be something to read and write about!!
mattspurs
TopSpur and totalknobhead !!!! the L is for londonderry ye fenian besterds!!
South L/Derry Spurs
AVB didn't get Chelsea 6th RDM did. KB71 has just pointed out that had he stayed and Chelsea's form continued they'd have 70 points = 3rd all of that with dressing room unrest from their cry baby egomaniacs.
Spurs Allday
Spurs Allday - What has that got to do with what I said? Over the last 2 years, we were hard to beat. 76 games, 17 defeats. As In-spurs-ational said, at the end there was a whole load of stuff going on - including a very tough period of games - that coincided with that run. Anyway saying that we weren't hard to beat in the second half of the season is synonymous with saying that we were VERY hard to beat in the first half. Either way it makes little difference does it?
TonyRich
Great post mattspurs. Lets hope when the announcement comes we will all get behind the new manager, look forward to new signings and pre-season friendlies.
Wilts Spurs
TonyRich I was just pointing out that towards the end we'd lost our "hard to beat" tag but with what you pointed out about teams losing more games and finishing above us being "hard to beat" seems to make very little difference to final league placings anyway
Spurs Allday
Spurs Allday and kernowboy71, you can't say AVB would have got 70 points - he may have got more or he may have got less. Just look at our season, if our last 19 games would have gotten us the same number of points as our first 19 where would we have ended up as against where we actually ended up
In-spurs-ational
Still laughing i-s-a just my kind of thinking!! ITK update : News coming in that there will be an announcement about a forthcoming announcement to be announced soon. Stay tuned for further announcements -
mattspurs
We weren't too hard to beat the second half of the previous season too, i recall. Surely this is another result of rotation, or lack of it?
micyid
On a side note - do we have any fit CB's for 1st friendly on 18th? Caulker - fit but Olympic duty; Kaboul, Gallas, Dawson, King injured or recovering from injury. Nelsen released. So that leaves Bassong and Khumalo to start I guess. Buy JV quick please.
Wilts Spurs
Also surely one of our young keepers must be ready for a game soon. We have about 5 of them. Amazed Birm want £6m for Butland when he has only played for Chelt town and never for a Championship side.
Wilts Spurs
Wilts - Uvini, Livermore, Hudd and Sandro will probably fill in with Bassong and Khumalo so probably enough. I think Hudd will want to play up front though or even take penalties so he can get his hair cut.
muttley
muttley Uvini's gone back to Brazil, we didn't end up completing the deal

Wilts Dawson's back in training and Kaboul's injury will have cleared up in time for the first pre-season game. I still expect Vertonghen to be signed by then, especially if we get shot of Gallas and Khumalo

I-S-A Of course we can't say that AVB would have got them 3rd but we also can't say that he got them 6th either.
Spurs Allday
Spanish sports media Marca is already reporting what would be the shirt number of Modric, while RM's accountants are trying to somehow come up with 35m
http://www.marca.com/2012/07/02/en/football/real_madrid/1341214600.html
sydqcb5
Spurs Allday, whatever AVB may or may not have achieved, he was still wanted so much by Chelsea that they paid mega bucks to acquire his services. Here's hoping their loss is our gain
In-spurs-ational
I-S-A Indeed mate. Reports suggesting we've made a bid for Oscar today
Spurs Allday
SA - lol, he didn't even last as long as Defendi. Perhaps we should steer clear from young Brazilian defenders in future. Anyway, he won't be part of the "Boas Babes" that will dominate the Premiership for the next decade? :-)
muttley
I still have some reservations on AVB. He probably has to do a few things differently this time around. i) Not force his idealogy on players, but make gradual progress in the way he wants us to play
ii) Try to avoid media as much as he can
iii) Not to be workaholic and take it easy. There are stories about how he sleeps overnight in training centre preparing late for the game
iv) Not alienate anyone and try to move along with all people
v) Burn the winter coat of his before coming to the touchline on the match day
sydqcb5
vi) stop crouching down on the touch line
In-spurs-ational
vii) Win games
spurspanther
sydqcb5, I don't think there's a Spurs fan who doesn't have reservations about AVB, his tenure at Chelsea means that he will be a gamble. Let's roll the dice and see what happens.
In-spurs-ational
Spurs are excited about a new manager, an overhaul of the squad and a start to an exciting new era. Sunderland have signed Carol Cuellar. Puts it nicely into perspective especially as Harry probably had his scouts watching him.
muttley
so what are the best guess on how long our latest manager will be with us before getting sacked? I reckon 12-15 months...7th place next season then a poor start to next season and that will be it
Forever Spurs
Wow South L / Derry Spurs that was a delayed reaction! welcome back:-)
Slurms McKenzie
I'll be right behind the new manager as soon as we know who he is. I wish him all the best of luck and success. I'm not a nagative guy at all, I just cant stand this being dragged out for as long as it has been. Teams around us are signing players, new managers have been appointed and they are now preparing themselves for the pre season games. Where are we?? I trust Levy and I think he will make the right choice, but we cant afford for this one to be a mistake. I'm really hoping that all this waiting wont be for nothing and when we do hear something it will be the new manager with a whole bunch of new, exciting, quality and very gifted players along side him. If that doesn't happen then I feel that that time might slip away again and we will be looking for players again while trying to negotiate our way through a tough away game at Newcastle.
mattspurs
Carlos Cuellar even
muttley
I really really really really really hope that he has learnt from his mistakes and make amends. He has been given a second chance with a solid squad, he has to make the best of it.
sydqcb5
muttley You'd have thought by now the world would have realized that Brazil don't make defenders. Strikers and attacking midfielders, yes, defenders, no. Loving the "Boas Babes". Lets hope our younger, revamped side and coaching staff get off to a good start to ease some of the anxiety around. If what's being reported regarding incoming and outgoing players is anywhere near the mark then this will be a very good window, shipping out the surplus and replacing them with young exciting talent. Some of which won't take up a squad place giving us room o maneuver in future windows.
Spurs Allday
Forever Spurs, yes I agree 12-15 months. However I look on the bright side, we win the league and he's sold to City for £1bn plus two camels
In-spurs-ational
spurspanther I'll forgive him all the other failings if he only dlivers on number 7!!!!!!!!
Slurms McKenzie
People can talk about AVB's potential league finish all they like, the fact is, he was seriously struggling with a team who are current European/FA cup champions and finished 2nd in the league the previous year. They were not playing well and it was only after RD took over that Chelsea's performances started to improve, even if the prem was no longer seen as a priority.And even if AVB was able to pick up the same amount of points in the 2nd half of the season, as he did in the 1st half (unlikely as they were losing momentum) they still would have had to rely on a "manager sacking" collapse by Tottenham just to scrape 4th.
Guyver
Slurms McKenzie, be careful what you wish for. All managers win games, it's the games they lose that defines whether they stay or go
In-spurs-ational
If only harry was still there he'd tell us what was going on: Yea we're lookig at the new boy he's a triffic lad, Of course we'ed love to have him but he's not ours so I won't discuss him.
Slurms McKenzie
What AVB has in his favour with us is that I do believe we have players that are more suited to the style of play he wishes to play.
Guyver
There must be a whole lot going on behind the scenes for everything we're doing / trying to do this summer taking so long. This has been drawn out to the point of being ridiculous even by our standards. If there is no good reason for it then we must be the most poorly organised and run board of directors in the history of football. As much as hearing who our new manager is I'd really like to know why we've been so slow about getting things organised. Pre-season has started so our faffing around is already impacting on the time available before the start of the season. This isn't just me being an impatient Spurs fan it's about professionalism. This is one of the best paying industries in the world and if the job of players started yesterday why would you ask them to start their job without having their management team in place for them? What other business would that be acceptable in?
SpuriousLife
I think he will FAIL! Not that I want to, but I don't think he is an EPL coach. Remember, I liked Ramos better but he failed bc, in my opinion, he was trying Spanish football in PL. I wish him luck, but he will not last.
kosovo_spurs
In-spurs-ational I am aware that every manager looses games and I expect AVB to loose a couple as well and no harm done if they are the couple of games after we have been crowned league champions. Yes I'll be said no to go the season unbeaten but sometines you have to break eggs to make broken eggshells.
Slurms McKenzie
Guyver, that's what excites me about his appointment. I think he is a perfect fit for us. Time will tell
In-spurs-ational
The more the press and media slate him, the more the fans will get behind him. COYS
Tottenham'till i die
its on skysports , avb signs
ledleygomez
Sky Sports have just said it's official...
Tottenham'till i die
Really ledleygomez? I can honestly say I didn't see this coming!
Slurms McKenzie
AVB OUT!!! Just thought i'd get it started early!!!
woodyn17
In-spurs-ational, he's a typical Spurs manager really, the style of play he likes, the excitement, the risk, the potential for failure with the added touch of us being mocked, especially by the chavs if it all goes wrong.. lol.
Guyver
SA - yeah, I'm almost excited more about us doing the right thing and having the "fire sale" than the AVB announcement which I now see as a mere formality. It's been great to see Nelsen, Saha, Corluka, Kranjcar go plus you confirming Alnwick and Jansson. That's 6 senior players plus the announcement from King and obviously Adebayor heading back. By my maths that leaves us at 29 seniors and I'd love to see another 5 or 6 leave permanently as we start to buy a few. As long as we don't touch our best 15 players we'll be in such a great position to have a better team than last season. Have a feeling Modric will go though.
muttley
It's on the offical Spurs website latest news: US COUNTDOWN - BRAD BACK IN THE US It's less than a month until Brad Friedel steps back on US soil - and return to the city where it all started for him. Rivetting stuff.
Slurms McKenzie
woodyn17 can now claim that he was the first to look for the manager to be sacked.
Slurms McKenzie
As woodyn17 says. What do we want? AVB out. When do we want it? NOW.
In-spurs-ational
Signed and sealed !!
SUper Yido
Chelsea are reported to have agreed a fee for Maicon in the Italian press! Taxi for Maicon!!!!!!
Spurs Allday
Does this appointment not heap alot more pressure on Di Matteo then on AVB. Surely he will be given assurances that he will be given at least one season to establish himself at Spurs. Roberto has to out perform AVB from the start?
Slurms McKenzie
So it's AVB. Well I'm shocked, that took me by surprise
In-spurs-ational
Lol, it still aint official
micyid
Just been on the Spurs site to see our new managers smiling face and its ............. Brad Friedel!! Good luck Brad!!
Spurs Allday
Amaze me AVB, At Chelsea he fail because he let the internal enemy, the real enemy, have his way and the more he did the stronger he became. Chelsea showed the devastating results that can manifest from the internal enemy being unbridled and allowed to unleash chaos. AVB won't face that probelm at Spurs!
Slurms McKenzie
On the official site now!
Tottenham'till i die
The official Tottenham twitter account tweeted 'The Club is Delighted to announce AVB as Head coach, Due to unprecedented traffic we are having problems with the site so bear with us!' But it's official. COYS
Tottenham'till i die
Its OFFICIAL : The Club is delighted to announce Andre Villas-Boas as Head Coach
sydqcb5
@SpursOfficial : Due to unprecedented traffic, we currently have problems with the Club website. Please bear with us!
sydqcb5
SSN have nothing official - they're just trying to get ahead of the rest. They just know he's "in the building".
muttley
Skysports are reporting that AVB is set to sign, Vital Spurs have had this message for about 2 weeks and Coopsie is not posting. I'm very suspicious
yiddyboy
Interesting Job title - HEAD COACH, not called as 'Manager'.
sydqcb5
he has signed!
asherthesmasher
Levy loves to have his cards close to his chest and then spring a surprise, what on earth is he going to do now AVB is expected and reported gloabally to be unveiled. His masterplan has f****d up, or has it????
yiddyboy
This is funnier - Due to unprecedented traffic, we currently have problems with the Club website. Please bear with us!
muttley
COYS , the future starts today. Sexy football.
Wilts Spurs
Why do I get the feeling this is going to be a roller coaster... hopefully more ups than downs, but no doubt the media won't make this easy.
Guyver
Love the way that after waiting all this time to announce AVB, the official website can't deal with the traffic so Spurs have to announce via Twitter :-)
muttley
BBC confirm AVB 14:03
yiddyboy
Its conirmed... You officially have a Chelsea reject as head coach lolol
Blue_Mel
So AVB is being hired as some class of phychologist or "Head Coach" for the un-educated?
Slurms McKenzie
Nothing to talk about on your own site Blue-Mel?
SpuriousLife
I'm crouching behind my desk to celebrate!
SpuriousLife
To be fair Blue_mel in another couple of years most of the worlds teams will be coached by Chelsea "rejects"
Slurms McKenzie
its confirmed....you officially has to come over here cos your own threads are so dull and empty
micyid
SpuriousLife to celebrate I'm using a hoarse voice and getting angry when anyone asks me a question
Slurms McKenzie
I don't doubt his technical ability or his ambition, I welcome his appointment but do have a question mark over his strength of character, he seems to manage by concensus rather than being a dictator type which is ok if you have the players with you but not good when you have them schemeing against you like they were at Chelscum.
TQ2Spurs
Oh well no more hoping for a top manager...long live the new guy and hope he lasts longer than DL's appointments historically do
Forever Spurs
Blue_Mel, you guys paid him 13m FFS. The only idiots in this world to pay transfer fee for a manager every year.
sydqcb5

Its official


SpursOne2
Shut up Blue_Mel...
dcruzer
I've not seen it officially confirmed just check offical site and there is nothing there.
thfan
since we're all at it; Its Offical AVB has been signed as Head Coach
Slurms McKenzie
Spurs have confirmed it on Facebook
ItalianYiddo
too much to hope that its just the first announcement of the day.....?
micyid
It's a good appointment. AVB has to learn fom the Chelsea job fast. He is very young and that is the main problem as far as i can see. The EPL and the English media are a very different beast, but i think AVB cen get off to a better start with this very different group of players to the ones at Chelsea. I also think AVB will be given more time provided we are not struggling to break into the top six.
asherthesmasher
Yea micyid, any word on transfers into the club? other then the head coach?
Slurms McKenzie
AVB just confirmed it from a car window, he then went on to say we'll win the league within a couple of season. He also mentioned the fans should remember he is taking over from a manager who's only picked up 5 points from 30. Why he called us fans idiots was a risky move though!
yiddyboy
Well now we will see just how ambitious Enic will be in the transfer market. I always felt They held back on splashing out under Harry in the last 3 0r 4 windows. I hope I was right and we will now be more positive in who we get in for the squad now!!
WestStandEnclosure
SpursOne2- love it mate:).
asherthesmasher
SpursOne2, I was about to post that image. You beat me to it. Its Crouching AVB and hidden Cockeral, I guess.
sydqcb5
Now Zola that would have been fun. Hope he does well
Forever Spurs
Go away blue mel you've got a WBA reject as your manager you Joey !!!
SUper Yido
Forget about AVB and possible signings into the club the real question is did OxfordSpur make it back in time for the announcement?
Slurms McKenzie
A twitter account claiming to be Sigurdsson's father/agent just tweeted 'Gylfi has made his decision and it will be announced later today that he has decided to join #thfc and looks forward to working with #avb' ... Does appear genuine but you never know
Tottenham'till i die
Ah deja vu yiddyboy, the more things change the more they stay the same!:-)
Slurms McKenzie
Sigurdsson father (& agent) has just tweeted that he and Gylfi have flown in today and Gylfi will sign this afternoon and looks forward to working with AVB.
bish-10
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/7858693/Spurs-set-to-name-new-boss Video update from SSN
thfan
A Twit has Tweeted amd why would he lie?
Slurms McKenzie
So we've got our crouching tiger. so who's the hidden dragon?
Manx Yid
Agree on the transfer thing. They did not agree with Harry on targets that is for sure. However they did not agree with BMJ either I remember
Forever Spurs
I really really want AVB to succeed now with all the stick he's getting from fans of other clubs. Levy has taken a risk but AVB has a huge point to prove now. Lets get this show on the road! COYS!
TopSpur13
The Club is delighted to announce that Andre Villas-Boas has joined as our new Head Coach on a 3 year contract. Andre was previously at Porto and led them to an undefeated season in the league, winning four trophies and becoming the youngest manager ever to win a European title in the process, before joining Chelsea and extending his run to 39 games undefeated. Commenting on the appointment, Chairman, Daniel Levy said: “I am delighted that Andre has agreed to become our new Head Coach. He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organised teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style. Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent, and he will be able to do so now at a new world class Training Centre.” Speaking as the new Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas said, “Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world. I feel privileged to be its coach. For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League. I have had several discussions with the Chairman and the Board and I share their vision for the future progress of the Club. This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead." Andre brings with him two members of his coaching staff - First Team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting. Daniel Levy continued: "We are constantly looking to move the Club forward. It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, whilst strengthening the First Team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the Club.”
ItalianYiddo
Manz Yid, It's no dragon, but I've got a pretty big snake tucked away if its any help!
Slurms McKenzie
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR APPOINTS ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS AS NEW HEAD COACH
The Club is delighted to announce that Andre Villas-Boas has joined as our new Head Coach on a 3 year contract.
Andre was previously at Porto and led them to an undefeated season in the league, winning four trophies and becoming the youngest manager ever to win a European title in the process, before joining Chelsea and extending his run to 39 games undefeated.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman, Daniel Levy said: “I am delighted that Andre has agreed to become our new Head Coach. He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organised teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style. Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent, and he will be able to do so now at a new world class Training Centre.”
Speaking as the new Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas said, “Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world. I feel privileged to be its coach. For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League. I have had several discussions with the Chairman and the Board and I share their vision for the future progress of the Club. This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead."
Andre brings with him two members of his coaching staff - First Team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting.
Daniel Levy continued: "We are constantly looking to move the Club forward. It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, whilst strengthening the First Team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the Club.”
sydqcb5
The press seem to believe our major targets are Sigurdsson(offer accepted), Vertonghen(hell knows), Oscar(bid lodged today) and Sturridge(bid in the pipeline)
Spurs Allday
Tottenham Hotspur‏@SpursOfficial The first thing Andre did upon arrival was go out and inspect the training pitches
Manx Yid
Anyone else pick up on the wording "Head Coach" not "Manager". DoF coming or is that what Sherwood is now??
bish-10
big c - it's Harry's who had all of the hidden dragons. They're all being flogged one by one by Levy.
muttley
Manx I heard the first thing he did was squat down in the office for twenty minutes?
Slurms McKenzie
Noooooo...Maicon to spurs please!!! I don't wanna change my name... :(
TaxiforMaicon
TaxiforMaicon If he signs for the Chavs you can go over on their site and taunt them twice a year when Bale destroys him again ;-)
Spurs Allday
We've also replaced Harry watching MOTD with a "head of opposition scouting". Nice move.
muttley
Loving this : Daniel Levy continued: "We are constantly looking to move the Club forward.  It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, whilst strengthening the First Team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the Club.” COYS !!!!!
SUper Yido
That's it then announced on their twitter site, what's wrong with BBC and ITV or is itLevy's Greta Garbo "I want to be alone" complex. Now all we want are some signings i.e. Sigurson and Vertongen and couple of strikers, and if he is going, a replacement for Modric. Whatever we do in the rest of the window, can we please establish some momentum, and get shifting on, time is money.
Frank
bish-10 - No Sherwood is COACH DRIVER
spu 4 life
No doubt he crouched on the touchline to inspect those pitches, or have they mis-spelt it and what he actually did was something he picked up off JT and inspected the players bitches?
Spurs Allday
Now that its happened its abit anti-climatic where's the earth shattering announcement? The four worldclass signings and the billionaire oil barons wedge of cash?
Slurms McKenzie
AVB is Head Coach Finally! Plays: "I'm so excited...and I just can't hide it!...."
dcruzer

Sydqcb5 - Sorry matey, made me laugh so had to forward it


big c - If Ox missed the announcement i bet he gets first on the next article

SpursOne2
Seems Sigurdsson to Spurs will be signed today as well.
sydqcb5
chelsea fan here. hope AVB does well for you. he had way too much crap over at chelsea to ever succeed! player power runs or club and he couldnt handle it. im sure you will finish above arsenal this season with him.(but not above the chelse lol)
Dave-David
EXCELLENT NEWS, let's see some movement in the transfer market to back the guy, hope his got some good medical experience on board or maybe his training methods will avoid us of on going hamstring problems, during training sessions........had a message from a gooner *****/come mate AVB lol lol lol, yep I'm laughing also, with a phucking great smile on my face.....we do that lot over and over again..........
spu 4 life
Will history repeat itself - #AVB#Clough. I hope Chelsea is AVB's Leeds. And let Spurs be his Nottingham Forest.
sydqcb5
sydqcb5 Yep that's what I'm hearing too. Excellent news if true AVB and the Sig announced with Vertonghen soon to follow. We must step up the Vertonghen pursuit even if it means settling that financial dispute ourselves. With so many defenders(rightly) on their way out and Caulker off to the Olympics we'll need reinforcements.
Spurs Allday
AVB deserves an OSCAR, the one who plays for Brazil, would do, his in the olympic squad, with Sandro, Naymar and another spurs target Leandro, get your lump sum on brazil for gold........best price i found in the village was Coral @ 9/4
spu 4 life
It's ok signing this Sigurdsson guy, but what about Gylfi is he coming, everyone keeps mentioning
spu 4 life
Frank - good to see you more positive & agree, lets see some SERIOUS Momentum now. Back Him FFS. COYS. Ao, good to see positive rumours about Sigurdsson (after last nights Liverpool spot rumours). Get Sig & Vert in now and then a couple of Top strikers (maybe 1 x young highly rated talent & one established - Dempsey type) and younger goalkeeper, along with return of Caulker, Hudd, Naughton etc.
Windlespur
SPURS FAN here, who gives a flying PHUCK WHAT CHELSKI THINK
spu 4 life
SPU 4 LIFE- MUGGY CU**.
Dave-David
Like what Levy's said about the need to strengthen the 1st team. Lets hope those words are backed up with some big statements of intent in the market.
Spurs Allday
can all the tottenham fans go away, this is a spurs site ffs..
asherthesmasher
lol muttley

We are the right club for him and he is for us because he has a good reputation with bringing young players on and we have some very talented young players and he likes attractive football.

He will be able to attract some good players who will be prepared to play for him and help him and us get CL and he is young enough to potentially be with us for some time.

I also think he will be fine working with a limited budget better than working at a club like Chelsea where the owner choses the players and it attracts pre madonnas for the wages who think they ARE the club this is why he couldn't win at Chelsea.

I think we may find some of our youngsters promoted and one or two players staying maybe Gio and Defoe? Only player who may go is Modric purely because if he really wants out AVB will probably feel with the money from his sale he can bring in a player equally good if not better - better to have players play for us who want to play for us.

When is the press conference anyone know?
thfan
taxi for maicon - Di Matteo closes in on Maicon as Real Madrid baulk at £6m asking price, JUST TO add he turns 31 this month, still going for youth at the bridge to far, .........Di Matteo is installed as favourite for the High Jump and i dont mean the Olympics............
spu 4 life
Dave-David - some sort of (unt when you have two first names, who was your dad ROGER PHUCKING ROGER
spu 4 life
Very happy, no very very happy with this. This guy fits Spurs perfectly. I couldn't imagine anyone else with this group of players. Now I can start my articale "Where did it all go wrong!! :0)
mattspurs
@ SPU 4 LIE, DONT KNOW ASK YOUR MUM,I RIPPED HER C*** TO BITS WHEN I CAME OUT HER THAT SL**SHE WAS A DIRTY C*** TOO!!!
Dave-David
Can't we get it changed to have the most recent comments at the top of the fees as opposed to having the scroll all the way done to find a reply ??
SUper Yido
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SUper Yido
No cause then you could bask in the reflected glory of those who posted first, Super yido. Plus you'd have to scroll down the posts to figure out what was going on then scroll back up as you read them.
Slurms McKenzie
CHeers Mr Mckenzie !!! just seen the previous posts in the other article !! if people are offended with the L why the hell are they suppporting a team who play in the actual city they have the issue with COYS FTP AVB
South L/Derry Spurs
Dave-David - Firstly appreciate your comment (we dont get to hear from any educated Chavs much) Secondly why the fing hell have you got 2 first names. Is it because the Chavs over at your site need it to be as simple as possible to identify whi is posting a comment - when I say comment I mean letters strung to gether to make half coherant words to make a almost readable sentance. Anyway thanks for your comment I agree that he didn't get the right backing from the players and maybe if he had handled the team better he would have been as big a success for you as he will be with us.
mattspurs
Really excited about this appointment. Hope you guys have read those articles that have been linked here by the likes of Spuds u Like and company in the last few weeks relating to AVB's tactics. Wish those spurs fans who were wheeled out in front of the SSN cameras today read them and about AVB's tenure at Chelsea. I believe his approach will suit our squad much better. Don't forget Chelsea fluked those victories over Barca and Bayern to win the Champion's league. It would have been a different story if Messi or Robben's penalties were scored. I can't say I know this will work but we were crying out for someone with tactical prowess during those idiotic Harry moments last season especially. At least we know AVB's entire reputation is on the line now. If he messes up then that's his career totally damaged beyond repair. He'll have to start all over at a club below Academica's level. I reckon he'll give his all to prove himself, that is all we can expect. LET'S GET BEHIND HIM! COYS!!!!
zombie-greavsie
AVB out
123spurs
Kernowboy must be mad no Blanc wonder if we have missed a trick.
spurdon
Odds are AVB will be good for us, he knows the game and tactically superior to Harry. Also I believ DL wants to see an era built with this promising squad and a good new manager will be teh best way to get this going. I expect DL to free upsome major funds so that it all starts now. A couple of good signings will kick start this off, and let the momentum build from there. I hope in 10 yrs time we look back at now and say we were really lucky to get our Manager, and will look forward to the next 10.
spursontour
 

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