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Spurs: Andre Villas-Boas takes Gareth Bale with him to PSG (say tabloids)

by | 12th, June 2013

ONE reason for Gareth Bale’s reluctance to leave Spurs for Real Madrid is said to be his respect and love for Andre Villas-Boas. Well, now the Sun, Mirror and Mail all lead with news that Tottenham’s Portuguese manager is admired by Paris Saint-Germain. Three newspaper lead with a story abed on not a single fact or named source.

The Sun says PSG have sent out an “SOS” to Villas-Boas.

The Sun says that PSG missed out on former Chelsea boss Gus Hiddink so they are now chasing former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas. He would replace former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, whose leaving PSG for Real Madrid.

The Mail claims AVB has a £10m release clause written into his contract, adding that his departure would have a “significant beating on whether Bale stays at White Hart Lane”. 

But it is all utter guesswork. Bale and Villas-Boas have said nothing about leaving Spurs. This is just today’s transfer tomfoolery.

We are supposed to believe that such is the power of AVB, the young manager who arrived at Chelsea from Porto in a silver glow of glory, that PSG want him. When Mr P45 Roman Abramovich sacked AVB, the manger was a man consigned to the history books, his ingénue exposed by failed tactics and in the heat of battle his habit of wielding a felt tip in an exercise book. He looked like a man making it up as he went along.

He said of his dismissal:

“At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day in the office.”

Villas-Boas enjoyed 255 days in the Chelsea office. He was dismissed on his 256th, at which point Villas-Boas had lost the dressing room and was giving every other team realistic hope that under his guidance Chelsea would be embarking on period of pre-Abramovich success in which over the preceding 30 years the Blues had been led by 17 managers and been routinely dire.

But Spurs spotted something in him, and after one season in charge, in which his entertaining side finished fifth, Villas-Boas is hot once more. And now he might be on his way to PSG, the rich club who seem to be following the Real Madrid and Chelsea model of hiring lots and lots of managers.

Over the past nine seasons, Chelsea have won ten Cups under nine managers. In eight years, Arsenal have had one manager and no trophies. Aside from the incredibly successful Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, the message is that the more managers a big club has the more successful it will be. And thanks to the prescient Abramovich there are at any one time eight or nine ex-Chelsea managers looking for a chair – something that keeps the tabloid transfer treadmill turning…



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