After being finally named as the new Spurs manager yesterday, Andre Villas-Boas has said that he is delighted to take up the position and that he is very hopeful of bringing success to White Hart Lane.
The former Chelsea manager, who was only sacked by the Blues several months ago, is looking to rebuild his reputation after a torrid time at Stamford Bridge. It’s understood that Daniel Levy is keen to back the 34-year-old in whatever way he can, starting with a reported transfer kitty of £50m. However, the large bulk of that is likely to be generated through the sale of Luka Modric – a player that AVB coincidently came so close to signing last summer while at Chelsea.
It’s thought that Villas-Boas is aware of Modric’s impending departure, but this has not deterred him from taking the post. In fact, the former Porto supremo claims that he has a squad that any coach would want to work with. Following his appointment, he said, “Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world. I feel privileged to be its coach. For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League. This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead.”
It appears as though some of the work has already been done before Villas-Boas has started, though. Spurs are understood to have agreed deals for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vetonghen, although AVB is reportedly satisfied with both transfers. With that being said, Spurs have provided him with a bizarre title – referring to him as the ‘Head Coach’. Some sources believe that this is because Villas-Boas won’t have full control over incoming players at White Hart Lane.