Well, at the end of the day, this was the most predictable outcome as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy elected to appoint ex-Porto / ex-Chelsea manager Andre-Villas Boas as the new Spurs head coach. AVB has signed a 3-year contract with generous bonuses if he brings Spurs into the Champions League and wins the title (yeah right).
This appointment has divided the Spurs faithful – the anti-AVB camp feel that his failure at Chelsea last season makes him a huge gamble to succeed the still popular Harry Redknapp, whilst the pro-AVB feel that he will have a point to prove that his Chelsea disaster was a blip and will get things right with Spurs.
Already, a new player signing has been announced as the club has confirmed that attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson – who impressed with Swansea last season on loan – has signed from German club Hoffenheim. Rumors abound of more signings in the offing – including Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen from Ajax, French striker Loïc Rémy from Marseille and Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal from Manchester City.
Even before the announcement, winger Gareth Bale had committed himself to a new 4-year deal and AVB must work hard to convince Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart to stay with the North London club. Allegedly, Spurs have approved a £40 million transfer kitty for AVB on top of any funds raised from sale of players, which is a significant outlay and if true, signals the seriousness in which Spurs view AVB’s appointment.
Despite my doubts, it is time for Spurs fans to stand behind the new head coach and hope that he does indeed earn those generous bonuses – COME ON YOU SPURS!!