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Andre Villas-Boas: Grading His Early Influence at Tottenham
Courtesy of goal.com

Terry Josephson once said, “Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition”.

It’s a statement he’d surely take back if he were to witness Andre Villas-Boas’ tenure at Chelsea last season.

Villas-Boas, or AVB as he is commonly referred, burst onto the scene on the heels of an undefeated treble-winning season with Portuguese Club F.C. Porto in 2010-11. He led the club to a remarkable 27-3-0 record in league play, in addition to winning both the Europa League and the Portuguese SuperCup.

His success made him an overnight sensation in the footballing world and landed the then 33-year-old at the top of several elite European clubs’ managerial wish lists.

When Chelsea came calling, it didn’t take AVB long to give into his ambitions of managing at the English level. In June 2011, after only a year at Porto, he penned his resignation.

With little over two years of managerial experience, many critics feared AVB was far too inexperienced for the Chelsea job.

His performance did little to dispute those claims.

After the team failed to prove consistent—many successive victories followed by successive defeats—AVB made matters worse by butting heads with several key members of the club.

It wouldn’t be long before AVB was sent packing, and Chelsea was propelled into a surprising Champions League title run.

Now, AVB takes over the reigns of Tottenham, who are coming off a fourth place finish a year ago.

Fans and media alike scrutinized the move. Many left scratching their heads as to why the team would elect to pick-up their cross-town rival’s reject to succeed Harry Redknapp.

It didn’t help that AVB’s squad only recorded two points in their first three fixtures.

Since then, the club has looked impressive, winning three straight Premier League contests. That includes this past weekend’s monumental victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford—the first time in 23 years that the Spurs have accomplished the feat.

With his club playing with new found ambition, AVB’s doubters have taken a step back. But all it takes is one careless loss to bring them back to the forefront.

Here’s how AVB stacks up thus far in the season.

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