Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas appeared to launch a dig at the club’s chairman Daniel Levy during an interview with Corriere dello Sport.
The Portuguese coach was only in charge of the North London outfit for one full season, but it seems that he does not have the fondest memories of the club’s board.
Villas-Boas replaced Harry Redknapp in 2012, signing a three-year deal, but he left 17 months later by mutual consent following a string of disappointing results in the Premier League.
Now, in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, the 41-year-old has suggested that Levy did not “listen” to what he wanted with regards to signings.
“In April, we started planning for the next season. I offered some names to buy and sell, but during the transfer window, the board didn’t listen and quickly destroyed everything we’d created. I got an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted me, but I said no out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake.”
Over the years, Tottenham have completed some positive business in the transfer window and Levy is certainly not one to pay over the odds.
The North London club boast some of the Premier League’s best talent – Harry Kane in particular – but it was a surprise when they did not bring in a single new signing last summer.
At the moment, the main focus at Tottenham is getting the new stadium ready, but they have suffered countless disappointments and delays.
It is unclear if the cash for the new ground prevented the powers that be from releasing funds for transfers, but one thing is for sure – all of Spurs’ rivals strengthened with new signings.
No disrespect to Villas-Boas, but Pochettino is by far more important to Tottenham than the Portuguese coach was.
The former Southampton boss has transformed the team into regular top-four contenders, but their long wait for a trophy continues.
The lack of summer activity would not have been ideal for Pochettino, and even though he has been calm about the situation in the press, no manager would be happy with zero incomings during a major transfer window.
At the moment, the Argentine has not suggested that he will walk away from Tottenham, but if Levy opts against releasing funds for next summer, then nobody would blame the manager for considering his options.
Even though Spurs have a strong team already, they will need to make additions in order to keep up with their rivals.
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