We’ve become used to Harry Redknapp claiming who he wanted to buy and who he was looking to sell, while denying that he was looking to offload Gareth Bale to Birmingham City. Harry has never been short of a word but until now, Andre Villas-Boas has been quiet about his spell in charge at Tottenham.
Now, however a year after his departure, the Portuguese has made some damning comments which, if true, tend to sum up the view that most of us hold in regard to the Chairman.
“Tottenham set a points and victories record in my first season, and 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 season,” AVB told Portuguese TV.
“I ended up leaving by mutual agreement – it wasn’t a sacking – because I gave full support to the football director Franco Baldini who meanwhile had other ambitions, meaning that I ended up with players that did not fit the profile I wanted.
“The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified, such as João Moutinho, Willian, Óscar or Leandro Damião. These were promises that were not kept. I had a group of players I had not chosen. In two years I lost Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale, and all the promises made were unfulfilled. In any event I don’t look at my time at Tottenham as a negative experience. It was an experience I needed to have.”
There’s not much to add really: Elsewhere, isolated reports of takeovers continue…