The footballing community were all vocal of their views regarding Tottenham Hotspurs sacking manager Andre Villas Boas after the 5-0 thrashing at home by Liverpool.
The decision surprised many as the club management could have been a little more patient with the man who was supposed to incorporate seven new players from all round Europe into a league, which is characteristically different from those represented by these new additions earlier.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce felt the axing was too harsh and any manager would require time to get success:
You would have to be a miracle worker to get everybody functioning to the best of their ability. They’ve arrived from foreign countries in a different culture and an arena that they’ve never played in before. To get the team playing together and understanding each other in such a short period of time is nearly impossible. I think the fruition of the change around at Tottenham starts more next season, not this season.
Former Tottenham player Louis Saha compared Tottenham’s rash decision to the backing provided to a club like Manchester United, but felt that perhaps this was the last resort.
You could be surprised because in this world stability and consistency is something that is really hard to get. But it brings success, and you see that a team like Manchester United have done that. They backed their manager for the last 20 years, and it brings confidence to a manager to know that he’s manager for more than two years. They have young players, they are talented players, but they need time to have a style of play, not changing every two or three years.It’s not the best way to work but a big club with big ambition will always look for a quick result, and that’s looking for wins week on week. When it does not happen you try to find a solution, right now the only one solution you get is to sack the manager.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, could relate to the firing of both West Brom’s Steve Clarke and AVB, having lost his job under somewhat unexpected circumstances at Brighton and Hove Albion less than six months ago.
No question, it surprised me. I don’t know why it did, because things happen and you never really know why. It would be nice to know the real reasons. Because if you win one competition and you don’t win the other one, you’re out. If you get the team safe, its not enough. There is always something. But two managers in a few days, its not nice from the managers’ point of view. But nothing surprises me in football today.
Manchester United manager David Moyes took the sacking of the Tottenham boss to show gratitude for the fact that he has never worked in a hire and fire culture:
Maybe some of the other managers haven’t been as fortunate as I have. The best clubs have had stability over the years, if you look at Arsene Wenger the stability he’s given Arsenal Football Club. I look at Sir Alex Ferguson and the stability he gave Manchester United and even to my own extent what happened at Everton Football Club. I think the clubs who have given managers that time have benefited. Obviously the owner and the chairmen of those clubs have to make the decision they want and they’ll have their own reasons,” he said. I can only say that I’ve found it, even over the years, Bryan Clough and Bobby Robson when they got 12/13 years at Ipswich or Notts Forest as manager, it’s getting less and less that you see that in football. Maybe the more we see it it might help clubs gain that control and stability, and in turn mean they’re not hiring and firing managers quite so often.
Gary Neville clearly was in support of the Portuguese and took to twitter to voice his views
So AVB gone now! Had to incorporate 7 new players which takes TIME/ TIME/ TIME! Rubbish! Let him finish his work!!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 16, 2013
BBC Match of The Day personality and ex-Spurs player Gary Linekar felt that AVB was not the most equipped to manage Spurs anyway but also expressed that the blame for Spurs’ sub-par performance must go to the management.
Much of the blame must go to those who appointed AVB, but those in power are never ultimately the ones that feel the guillotine.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 16, 2013