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IF IF To To Tott tt tten en enha ha ham we we we w re re re re loo oo oo oo oo oo oo o ki ki ki ki ki ki ki ki king ng ng ng ng ng ng ng for or or or a managerial figure wh who ha had IF Tottenham were looking for a managerial figure who had performed worse in London than Andre Villas-Boas over the past year, they could always have appointed Bob Diamond.

Other than the disgraced Barclays Bank boss, they'd have been struggling.

Many people were gobsmacked that Spurs chose to sack Harry Redknapp and appoint Villas-Boas in his place - but I was saddened rather than surprised.

Chairman Daniel Levy now has exactly what he wants. He has got his ally Tim Sherwood into a sporting director's role and can now have a far more hands-on influence over playing matters at Tottenham than Redknapp would have allowed him.

Spurs have been lining up signings before AVB was appointed and it seems the new manager will have little control over recruitment policy.

I am sure than 90 per cent of Tottenham fans must be unhappy.

Their club has sacked the manager who reached the top four in two seasons out of three and who beat Inter Milan and AC Milan in the European Cup and, in his place, they have appointed a man who totally ballsed up at Chelsea. They've the made top-and the ballsed at AVB left Chelsea hurtling towards mid-table and as soon as he went, the Blues ended up as European champions under a caretaker boss.

Over the past three years at Spurs, I have seen a bunch of players who have overachieved because they have been relaxed and carefree - not just in how they played, but in how they trained and lived their lives.

Under Villas-Boas, life will become a whole lot more tense and intense. One or two top players, including Luka Modric, will be heading out of the club and a couple more are likely to be unsettled once the season starts.

I really hope I am proved wrong and that I have to eat humble pie, but I cannot see it.

I went into the Stamford Bridge dressing room on Boxing Day last ye ye ye year ar ar a whe hen AVB held to a home year when AVB's Chelsea had been held to a home draw by Fulham and you could almost smell the dissatisfaction in there.

OK, so Villas-Boas won the Europa League and the Portuguese double with Porto.

Jose Mourinho had previously arrived at Stamford Bridge with similar credentials - but Mourinho was a one-off.

He had the charisma and the man-management skills which overcame the absence of any sort of playing career.

AVB proved to be a spectacularly poor man manager, a key requirement of any successful boss.

Even men like Bill Nicholson and Alf Ramsey, who appeared to be authoritarian figures, were able to give their players a little freedom, a bit of leeway here and there, which was always greatly appreciated.

I hope Villas-Boas learns from his mistakes at Chelsea but I am not sure whether those sort of interpersonal skills can be learnt.

sacked boss who them a four club appointed bloke who up Chelsea He seems like the archetypal modern manager, who believes the game is all about stats and tactics. But I am unconvinced about that approach. When you look at the possession stats of many matches, for instance, you'll find that the team with 35 per cent of possession end up winning.

Football has always been about what you do when you have the ball, not about the percentage of possession you enjoy.

In the Euro 2012 quarter-final, the stats were damning on England but after two hours of football, the only stat that mattered was Italy 0 England 0, and our boys could easily have won a penalty shoot-out.

Back in my playing days the only stats we were aware of were the marks out of 10 in The People - when my Spurs strike partner Bobby Smith would threaten to "****ing chin" the man from this newspaper for only giving him a six.

Personally, I reckon clipboard managers like AVB would be better off taking up chess - and leave football management to the experts, like Redknapp.

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Date:Jul 8, 2012
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