Spurs right to show Villas-Boas the door

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Andre Villas-Boas: Sacked after less than 18 months

Andre Villas-Boas: Sacked after less than 18 months

Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle believes it was the right decision to part ways with Andre Villas-Boas, and discusses his potential successors.

Today's sacking of AVB will provoke mixed reaction from Spurs fans. My initial reaction is one of relief - I just don't think he would've ever got it right at Spurs.

To begin with he was far too cautious. He played two defensive midfielders at home to West Brom and Norwich at the start of last season and we ended up drawing both games. He did progress to be a little more adventurous, but there was still a helluva lot of containment. As everyone knows, Gareth Bale's magnificent form masked a lot last season.

This season began with a lack of width and we were far too easy to defend against, playing so centrally. I discussed the strange decision to buy a fox in the box and play him as a target man last week and Roberto Soldado sure has suffered. AVB's decision to play Nacer Chadli rather than Andros Townsend in recent weeks is another really strange decision, as was letting Benoit Assou-Ekotto go out on loan, leaving us with only one natural left back in Danny Rose.

Granted we did go down to ten men against Liverpool and we have a lot of defenders missing, but with the players we had available, you just shouldn't lose 5-0 at home to anybody. Playing a high line against strikers with the pace of Luis Suarez was yet another odd choice.

Managers are firstly judged on results and then on signings. Two thrashings this season and a number of home defeats isn't good enough for a team which has spent over £100 million and the likes of Soldado, Paulinho, Chadli and Erik Lamela just haven't got going.

So, where to next? With Franco Baldini at the club, Fabio Capello is an obvious candidate - but he has Russia to take to the World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann is another World Cup manager in the frame, yet he was hardly a success at Bayern Munich. Michael Laudroup has done a decent job at Swansea and will also figure highly in the running. A long shot could be Tim Sherwood, who is highly rated at the club.

Whoever takes over will have a number of good players at his disposal. However, they will need to put in place a formation and tactics which suit the players.

By Nik Wardle, FanZone's Tottenham blogger. Don't forget to follow @FanZone!

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