Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, failed to keep his promises regarding new signings.
Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed his side of the story about his departure from Tottenham a year ago. Villas-Boas, currently the head coach of Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, spent 18 months at Spurs before being replaced by Tim Sherwood.
The Portuguese claims that Tottenham failed to acquire the targets he had chosen to replace Gareth Bale, who left the club to join Real Madrid for a world record £85.3m. Villas-Boas also suggested that the director of football, Franco Baldini, might be on his way out of the club.
“The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately [Luka] Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified such as João Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damião,” he told Portuguese television. “These were promises that were not kept. I had a group of players I had not chosen. In two years I lost [Rafael] van der Vaart, Modric, Bale, and all the promises made were unfulfilled.”
Villas-Boas added: “Tottenham set a points and victories record in my first season, missed out on the Champions League by one point and had a great run in the Europa League. In the second season, at the time I left we had more points than in the previous campaign. I ended up leaving by mutual agreement – I wasn’t sacked – because I gave full support to the football director Franco Baldini despite him having other ambitions, meaning that I ended up with players that did not fit the profile I wanted.
“I speak of Franco Baldini, who came from AS Roma and is now in a down position, exiting the club. But I don’t look at my time at Tottenham as a negative experience. It was an experience I needed to have.”
Villas-Boas has helped Zenit achieve a seven-point lead in the Russian Premier League, although they failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. The Portuguese also denied the possibility of returning to the English Premier League despite claiming to have held talks with Liverpool.
“I chose Zenit also to get away from the media glare. I’ve had my fill of media sensationalism and false promises,” he said. “I had talks with Liverpool. Returning to England is definitely not in my plans, although life takes many turns.
“Coaching in England was a positive experience but also many negative things happened. I was surprised and I still am by the Chelsea chairman changing his intentions. When I went there in 2011 the idea was to reformulate the team.”