When Martin Jol returned to White Hart Lane as Fulham manager for the final game of last season, the reception given to him by the home crowd was one in keeping with the level of admiration, respect and warmth in which the Dutchman is held.
Jol was the first Spurs manager since Terry Venables to fashion a team genuinely capable of competing towards the top of the league, and with that earned the club a return to European competition for the first time in several years.
Two fifth-place finishes and a UEFA Cup quarterfinal will be the record of Jol's Tottenham tenure in the history books, while for fans it will be the less-quantifiable but equally valuable way in which he made their club excitingly competitive and understood what that meant to them.
That he achieved this relative success prior to Redknapp (who actually did better, results-wise) is perhaps why in some respects Jol is held in more affection by the supporters, but an area in which both excelled in relating to the fans was in their acknowledgement of the traditions and history of Tottenham Hotspur.
History counts for little if the team of the present isn't performing, but it is important for the peace of mind of those for whom their football team is a lifelong commitment that the man in charge of their fortunes understands what the club means to them.
Supporters will sniff insincerity, but Villas-Boas will have won credit for his recognition of the man who made the job title he is holding such an attractive role so many years before.
"Tottenham are linked with great football in the past", he told the BBC upon his introduction to the media last month.
"It is something they have always valued highly. There is a wonderful history of attractive football, and Bill Nicholson left these messages of football well played and doing things in style, which is what I want to achieve as well."
If Villas-Boas comes anywhere near to matching the achievements of the legendary Nicholson, it will have been a job well done—but for the meantime, he can further his relationship with the fans by continuing to communicate with them forthrightly.
Jol was good in this department, to the best of his efforts keeping fans informed on goings-on while he wasn't shy in speaking honestly (without being damaging or hyperbolic) about his team's performances.
Redknapp was similar in regards to performances, and certainly very vocal (see previous slide) if somewhat irritatingly vague to specific matters.
Villas-Boas has kept fans as well informed as possible in regards to Modric's possible departure, and it will be interesting to see how Tottenham fans take to him once the season properly kicks off.