Andre Villas-Boas's reign as Tottenham Hotspur head coach ended after 80 matches in charge this week. A heavy home defeat by Liverpool sealed his fate. Pundits and commentators have already been through the so-called wreckage of life at White Hart Lane after Gareth Bale, moving on to discuss who will succeed AVB. Many of their criticisms notably of Spurs's style and how recruitment en masse has failed to replace the goals of their former star have been justified. Do the managerial stats of Villas-Boas support the decision by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to pull the trigger though? Or was it just a knee-jerk reaction to big losses to fellow Premier League big boys Manchester City and Liverpool? They say stats can prove anything, but Spurs fans and football aficionados alike may be surprised by several that the WhatCulture boffins have unearthed for AVB's time in charge. We've looked at how he performed up against other Tottenham managers and honed in specifically on this season. The results are revealing. Villas-Boas at 36 still has so much of his coaching career ahead of him. He may not look back on his spells at Chelsea and Spurs with the same happy memories as his treble-winning season in his homeland with Porto, but our research suggests he was no slouch at Hotspur.
Jamie Clark is a qualified Web Journalist after undergoing professional training at the University of Sheffield. A prolific and accredited sports writer, he also enjoys classic comedy, historic fiction, 80s music and heritage.