England Premier League — 28 August 2012

Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t enjoyed the best of starts to his career as Tottenham boss.

An opening week 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was followed by a 1-1 home draw against West Brom on Saturday. Not the best start for the rookie Spurs boss.


In terms of Premier League bosses he really is a rookie, a novice with just a few years of managerial under his belt, albeit glittering experience at FC Porto. Villas-Boas was given the Chelsea job last summer, after less than three years as a boss.

Most bosses have to work for decades before they get the chance to be in charge of such a prestigious club. However, the Blues took a risk on Jose Mourinho’s protégé and it failed miserably. Villas-Boas lasted less than a year in the Stamford Bridge hot seat, before being fired and replaced by assistant Roberto Di Matteo (now permanent Chelsea boss).


The Portuguese boss had just a bit too much arrogance when he took over at Chelsea. He thought he had arrived, after just a few seasons in management. His approach didn’t please Chelsea players and their big-egos and the team struggled to get results.


I get the sense that his spell at Stamford Bridge has brought him back down to earth. Getting the sack from Chelsea could be the best thing ever to happen to the 34 year-old. I think the famous quote that you only ever learn from defeat fits well here.

Villas-Boas now seems more relaxed and hopefully the mistakes he made at Chelsea won’t be repeated at White Hart Lane. I have already heard reports that the Portuguese boss is well liked at Tottenham and has adapted his managerial approach.


I really do believe that Andre Villas-Boas has the raw attributes to be a very talented boss. The Chelsea job came far too early for him though and Tottenham is a much better fit for the Portuguese boss. Despite early results I still think he will turn the season and his career around in North London.

Can Andre Villas-Boas turn his career around at Tottenham?


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David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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