Villas-Boas’s Spurs owe a debt of thanks to Sir Bobby Robson
THE tabloid media love to give Harry Redknapp an overly large share of the credit for improvements at Tottenham Hotspur. They should look to Bobby Robson’s role. It was the former England manager who inspired Tottenham Hotspur’s curent manager, Andre Villas-Boas, 35. He tell the Sunday Times:
In Portugal, every kid dreams about becoming a footballer. I was no exception. My first memories of football are of the club my family supported, my local team — FC Porto. I’ve been going to see them from the age of four. Then, when I was 17, I met Sir Bobby Robson and my life changed. At the time, he was manager of Porto and lived in my block. We got talking one day so I quizzed him about tactics and players and he invited me to come and watch the team in training.
I spent a lot of time with Sir Bobby. He inspired me. From then on, my dream was to manage my own team.
So. That’s Jose Mourinho and Villas-Boas who were helped by Robson. How many more?
PS – And , yep, the teenaged Villas-Boas lived in the same building as the Porto manager. Middle-class boys get a fair crack of the whip in Portugal. Well, they don’t play much rugby over there.