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Spurs Balls: Andre Villas-Boas Needs The Salvation Army

ANDRW Villas Boas has been sacked. The Times produces the juxtaposition of the day:


Posted: 17th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment

Spurs Balls: AVB V Harry Redknapp’s Ghost Writer Martin Samuel And Neil Ashton


DOES Andre Villas-Boas read Anorak? Maybe. The Spurs manager used part of his post-match press conference to criticise Daily Mail journalist Neil Ashton. Following a lively 2-2 draw with Manchester United – in which Spurs gave away two soft goals – AVB eyed Aston. He said: “A couple of people insult my integrity, my human values, my professionalism and one of these people is sitting over here. It insults the success that I have achieved in other clubs and I don’t think it’s fair. I think it’s a lack of respect and an attack on a person’s integrity.”

Ashton asked what he though was “personal” about the recent criticism of his team.

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Posted: 2nd, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment

Spurs: The Sun Continues It’s Daily Attack On AVB

THE Sun continues its bid to portray Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas as a fool. In today’s paper, readers get:

JAN VERTONGHEN has taken a swipe at Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas in a clash over tactics.

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (5)

Spurs: report says AVB gave West Ham no credit – but he did


FOLLOWING  West Ham’s 3-0  win at Spurs, David Hytner wrote in the Guardian:

Sam Allardyce once speculated that he might be taken more seriously as a tactician and, therefore, considered for the very top jobs, if he had a European-sounding surname. At White Hart Lane on Sunday, the West Ham United manager contented himself with aping Spain’s 4-6-0 formation, which had triumphed at Euro 2012, to enjoy a memorable 3-0 win. He positively basked in the post-match acclaim. ‘No, no, don’t call me a managerial genius (but you can if you want)’, was the subtext to a line from his press conference. André Villas-Boas hated it. The Tottenham Hotspur manager gave Allardyce and West Ham absolutely no credit. He said that their goals had come from a set-piece, a fluke and a one-man break against two of his defenders. Allardyce’s tactics had emphatically not thrown him. “It’s nothing to do with the strategy but you can write whatever you want,” Villas-Boas huffed. Having been outwitted in the second-half by Chelsea’s José Mourinho the previous weekend, this was a low point. Allardyce is riding high. 

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Posted: 7th, October 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (2)

Gareth Bale could be sold, says Spurs manager Andre Villa-Boas

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news:

The Mirror quotes Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’s words to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay.”


“In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.”

How’s that for blind faith?


Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (30)

Spurs: Gareth Bale grabs the tissues and heads for the Tottenham departure gate

TRANSFER Balls with The Daily Bale – a looks at Tottenham Hotspur in the news:

Is Andre Villas-Boas heading off to Paris Saint-Germain, after all?

The French club made a bid for the Spurs manager but it was rejected. The GiveMeSport site says AVB is freindly with the PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi:

I have had a friendship for some time with the president of PSG,” Villas-Boas told A Bola“He is a friend and we speak regularly, but my commitment is with Tottenham. It was the club that allowed me to return to the Premier League and I feel good there.”

All good, then. But what of Gareth Bale? Marca says the Welshman is on his way to Real Madrid:

Bale is confident of move to Real

Gareth Bale is convinced Real Madrid will be making a move to try and sign him at some stage this summer and although he is not losing his patience he is currently awaiting further instructions.

That scoop contains not a single word from Bale. Marca knows he’s convinced becuse Marca can read Bale’s mind.

But the Metro says Bale wants out.

Gareth Bale to use ‘nice guy’ approach to convince Spurs of Real Madrid transfer

Gareth Bale will tug on the heart strings of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in order to clinch his dream move to Real Madrid, according to reports.


Reports in..?

Spanish newspaper Marca claim the Welshman will not put any pressure on Spurs, and will instead rely on the two clubs reaching an amicable agreement after he makes his sporting case to chairman Levy.

Is Marca the Real Madrid in-house journal?

The Daily Star believes what it reads, announcing:


GARETH BALE will hold a meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and tell him he wants to join Real Madrid.


According to Spanish newspaper Marca – the number one sportnewspaper in the country – Bale is set to express to Levy his desire to leave when the pair meet for talks.

After so much bilge, other reports are thatTottenham are set to open talks with Aston Villa over a possible £20 million deal for Christian Benteke” and signing the Brazilian Paulinho.

But wait! The Mail has breaking news on Bale:

Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham is, as yet, still undecided and apparently the Welsh wizard is not certain about his favourite holiday destination either. In a short video for SpursTV Online, Bale and a number of his Tottenham team-mates were quizzed about their favourite place for a holiday. Unlike Clint Dempsey, Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen, though, Bale was keeping his cards close to his chest as he refused to name a place.

Call it a hunch but maybe Bale didn’t want the press following him to the holiday haunch and ruining his break? But to the Mail it is sing that Bale likes the spend the summer in the unbearable heat of the Spanish capital:

With Real Madrid’s very public interest in Tottenham’s talisman, the tight-lipped Bale was wise not to answer with ‘Spain’.

Such are the facts.

More Talking Balls every day….


Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Gareth Bale stays at Spurs as Real Madrid president arrives on London shopping trip

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s looks at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news. Today’s transfer balls:

Marca: “Villas-Boas: ‘Bale isn’t leaving Spurs'”

Fact! Or:

Tottenham is playing hardball. The club responded calmly but firmly to Real Madrid’s interest in Gareth Bale, stating that there is nothing to talk about and that the Welshman is staying in London. The English club’s manager, André Villas-Boas has no doubts about his young player’s future. “Bale isn’t leaving Spurs”, the Portuguese said.

Says Villas-Boas:

“The chairman has pledged that Bale isn’t leaving the club.”

Unless AVB goes, which he isn’t:

The other reason for Tottenham’s refusal to sell Bale is in Paris. The Tottenham chairman stopped a possible Villas-Boas move to PSG, guaranteeing the manager that he will have a stronger team next season built around Gareth Bale.

So. Bales stays. And it gets better for Spurs fans:

Metro: “Spurs promise Andre Villas-Boas £50m in transfer funds after he snubbed PSG”

Spurs will part-finance any moves by selling off fringe first-team players, with 10 names having already been told they can go. But the rest will come from Levy’s pocket, with the club keen to reward their young manager for his loyalty to the cause.

Or not.

As Levy said in 2011:

“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.

“In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club…

“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka. We now consider this matter closed.”

One year later, Modric left for Real Madrid.

In 2007, Levy said of Manchester United’s interest in Dimitar Berbatov:

“Once again for the record, we are not a selling club, rather we are building for the future. When we have players on long contracts we have no need to entertain offers.”

In 2008, Berbatov joined Manchester United.

IBN: “Real Madrid aim to unveil Gareth Bale, Isco in July”

Real Madrid could make an official offer of £65m for Bale 

Bales was worth £85 million yesterday. What did he do wrong?

Does the Daily Mirror know?

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has jetted to London as the Spanish giants continue their pursuit of Spurs’ Gareth Bale.

Although Perez insists the trip is purely to do with his own personal business interests, he is trying to set up talks with Tottenham.

Real are determined to land the Welsh flier and are ready to pay Spurs up to £80million for him.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comments (5)

The Daily (Gareth) Bale: Spurs star leaves his heart in Paris and creates Arsenal love logo

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news:

The Sun leads with new that Gareth Bale is trying to trademark his goal celebration, the one where he dements his fingers into a heart shape.

This is an “EXCLUSIVE”.

Only, it wasn’t an exclusive when we reported on it back May 23rd. Then it was just a story that others had also noted. We also noted 10 people and brands who had also used the love fingers gesture. They might be upset at Bale muscling in on their fingers.

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Posted: 17th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (5)

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

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.

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Posted: 12th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2)

Arsenal send AVB and Spurs into a ‘negative spiral’ – 18 years of hurt in quotes

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Newcastle United v Arsenal - St James' Park

AS Arsenal take fourth place in the Premier League ahead of arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, we look back at the words of Spurs’ manager Andre Villas-Boas. Would Spurs undo 17 years of hurts and finally finish the season above Arsenal? Said AVB back in March 2013:

“The difference this year is that we are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence whereas they are in a negative spiral and once you get into that negative spiral it’s difficult to get out of it.”

While AVB wonders about his his side’s own negative spiral, we look back at some other comments of Spurs players who saw the rosy-fingered dawn only to realise it was the red of Arsenal disappearing over the horizon:

2013 – Gareth Bale:

“I think now we have overtaken them on the pitch.”

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Posted: 19th, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (7)

Spurs: Andre Villas Boas and Gareth Bale owe it all to Harry Redknapp?

HOW much does Spurs wonderboyo Gareth Bale owe Harry Redknapp? Bale is having a fantastic season. He’s a match winner whose getting better. Redknapp didn’t sign him for Spurs from his old club Southampton (corrected). Martin Jol did. Adrian Durham tells Daily Mail readers:

“There are some Spurs fans who refuse to credit Harry Redknapp. Instead they point to Harry’s alleged wish to send Bale out on loan.”

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Posted: 9th, February 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (11)

Andre Villas-Boas was ‘terminated’ at Chelsea

CHELSEA chairman Bruce Buck explains the brutality of football management. When the club sacked Andre Villas-Boas, now making it up as he goed along at Spurs, glory followed:

‘”The proof is in the pudding: Andre was terminated and we wound up winning two trophies. I want to hear you congratulate Mr Abramovich and Chelsea for making that change.”

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Posted: 14th, November 2012 | In: Sports | Comment

Andre Villas-Boas will work at Spurs for free

THE Sun says that Andre Villas-Boas will “lose nearly £11million” the second he agrees to be the new Spurs manager. Only, he won’t. He won’t lose at all. Journalists are infamously crap at maths, but the Sun’s Paul Smith takes the biscuit.

Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea with 28 months to run on a three-year contract. The deal meant Villas-Boas would collect his £100,000-a-week salary until he got scored a new job.

Writes Smith:

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Posted: 30th, June 2012 | In: Sports | Comment

The Charming Optimism Of Chelsea Manager Andre Villas-Boas

THE charming optimism of Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. Having presided over Chelsea’s worst start under Roman Abramovich’s, the young tyro opined:

“The owner didn’t pay 15million euros to get me out of Porto to pay me another fortune to get out.”

Maybe not. But this is the Russian who paid off Luis Felipe Scolari with many millions; Carlo Ancelotti (£6m); and Jose Mourinho (£10m).

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Posted: 21st, November 2011 | In: Sports | Comment

Andre Villas-Boas Pulls Chelsea To The Top Of His Shirt

NEIL Moxley, Daily Mail football journalist, casts his expert eye over Chelsea’s new manager Andre Villas-Boas. So, what is the most important thing the new man has brought to The Blues?

“In a dark blue suit, white shirt and blue tie, the new man looked every inch as dapper as his compatriot Jose Mourinho. His shoes were shiny enough to reflect his bearded chin. He stayed in that outfit throughout the 90 minutes and his press conference. His tie was still done up at the end.”

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Posted: 15th, August 2011 | In: Sports | Comment