How AVB at Spurs will wreck Arsenal and Liverpool

Former Chelsea boss gets backing from United legend Keane

Andre Villas-Boas is set to ruffle feathers when he returns for a second stint as manager of a Premier League club.

He is expected to be a success unlike at Chelsea but his imminent arrival as Spurs boss seems to bring bad news for Arsenal and Liverpool.

Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea in March, just eight months into a three-year contract.

He is set to be named as Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham successor within the next 48 hours, according to The Sun.

But former Manchester United great Roy Keane felt he gets a chance to prove that his time at Chelsea was just a blip.

Keane recalled how Brian Clough transformed Tottenham after famously lasting just 44 days at Leeds.

"I’m not saying he’s going to turn Tottenham into European champions like Clough did with Nottingham Forest, just that his time in charge at Stamford Bridge need not define him as a manager. I do see similarities between Villas-Boas’ time at Chelsea and Clough’s Elland Road stint. Both had impressed in their previous jobs before moving on to a bigger challenge," said Keane writing in his column in The Sun (

Portugal star Joao Moutinho, tipped to be AVB’s first White Hart Lane signing, also predicted that he would be a huge success at Spurs.

“AVB is one of the best coaches I’ve worked with. I’d work with him again tomorrow," said Moutinho who played under him at Porto.

“I don’t really know what happened at Chelsea - but when you employ a new coach you have to give him time.”

Moutinho, 25, won the Europa League under AVB at Porto and believes he will be far stronger for his experience at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “You can’t always base his progress on results. If players are obstructive it makes the job very difficult.

“All I do know is he did a fantastic job at Porto.

“He didn’t win the league title and the Europa League by chance.

“But then he had a set of players who bought into his ideas and were enthusiastic and supportive."

Likening him to former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, he said: “He loved to deploy systems to bring the best out of the players.

“I remember talking to him about England when he was poised to leave.

“He was so enthusiastic, he was so determined to make a success of it."

Moutinho is shocked that AVB, 34, appeared to have so many problems with players at Chelsea.

He added: “I didn’t see his age as a problem. At Porto it brought him closer to the players. The players loved him.”

However, he asserted that AVB was not out for revenge against Chelsea.

“His only motivation is to prove to people that he can be a success in England,” he said.

However, the former Chelsea manager is ready to steal Liverpool target Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ajax star Jan Vertonghen who is wanted by Arsenal.


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