TOTTENHAM confirmed the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas on a three-year contract – and immediately came under fire.
The Portuguese, who will be paid in the region of £4million a year, was handed the title of “head coach” – fuelling speculation that chairman Daniel Levy is soon to appoint a director of football.
But hiring Villas-Boas so soon after his ignominious Chelsea exit caused consternation among influential club figures. Ex-player and manager Glenn Hoddle said: “I’m surprised, I did not think that is the way Spurs would go.
“It’s more than a slight risk because of the way things didn’t work out at Chelsea.”
And former striker Gary Lineker was highly cynical. “AVB it is then,” he tweeted. “Very important at this stage to be positive about that decision, so I’ll shut up.”