Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted for the first time he was wrong to make rapid, sweeping changes during his tenure as Chelsea manager. Handed the remit of bringing entertaining, winning football to Stamford Bridge, Portuguese Villas-Boas termed this ‘his project’.
However, changing a playing style that for years had been built around the strength and pace of players such as Didier Drogba was always going to be difficult. The 34-year-old tactician soon lost the confidence of his players, the fans, and eventually the management and was sacked in March. Talking to The Mail Online, he stated “There are changes that have to be done here at Tottenham but I won’t promote change as aggressively as at Chelsea. When you promote so much change and things are going along smoothly, everybody is happy and you are able to progress. But when you are faced with a setback, it’s the ability to bounce back that will keep you right on track. Our setbacks last year had a tremendous impact when we wanted to correct things. But it was always like we were putting out fires and never establishing what we were before. So I think change will become progressive at Tottenham.”
With the departure of Luka Modric to Real Madrid imminent, Villas-Boas has been looking at signing French duo Yann M’Vila and Etienne Capoue, from Rennes and Toulouse respectively, to bolster his midfield options. The London-based club are also still in talks with Emmanuel Adebayor over a move from Manchester City, but the striker’s high wage demands are slowing down any progress.