Football has become an extremely cynical world, where you are only as good as your last game, only as good as your last job and any new signings have to hit the ground running to avoid being called a flop from day one. Patience no longer exists within football or any real sense of perspective.
The reason I bring the subject up is largely down to the negative tripe that I am seeing written about AVB’s impending arrival at WHL. Every man and his dog dismiss the man and his managerial ability, based solely on a bad few months in West London, where unfortunately except that here is a man who was seriously undermined by his players (those who can’t seemingly be dropped) and failed to get any support from a chairman, who for all his wealth, has a seriously lack of backbone when it comes to dealing with those unruly players within the dressing room.
Unfortunately the English Press turns a blind eye to such incident, largely down to the fact that AVB doesn’t embrace them in much the same way other managers do and give them the kind of sound bites they crave. They forget 12 months ago they were praising the appointment of a man they billed as the best young coach in Europe, who had just cost a cool £15m of Roman’s money, to someone now who isn’t fit to lace the boots of Harry Redknapp. They based their evidence on a few treacherous players within the Blues dressing room, who as ever only look after no.1, instead of taking a balanced stance and an overview of AVB’s action situation at the Bridge. Their ignorance is astounding at times and the Portuguese manager will need to build his reputation once again.
AVB’s possible arrival has gone down well with the majority of supporters who don’t share the short-sightedness of others and they are seemingly prepared to give him a chance. Perhaps the fans, like most level headed neutrals, can see that Spurs is a different club altogether and such factions within the dressing room and egos don’t exist, leaving AVB to manage and do what he is paid to do at the football club. You don’t become a bad manager overnight, although judging by reports of the Press and pundits they clearly beg to differ.