Andre Villas-Boas Had Tromso Fan Ejected for 'Sacked in the Morning' Chant

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Andre Villas-Boas the manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Andre Villas-Boas asked for a Tromso supporter, who continued chanting that the Tottenham manager would be "sacked in the morning," to be ejected from the Alfheim Stadium during Spurs' recent Europa League win in the Arctic Circle, according to reports.

The Portuguese boss was the subject of constant abuse from Reidar Stenersen Jr., who supports Manchester United, according to David Hytner of The Guardian:

I first sung after five minutes that he would be 'sacked in the morning' and he looked at me.

At the half-time whistle, when it was still 0-0 and I started the same song, he pointed at me and suddenly the security came and threw me out.

While Stenersen was allowed to watch the rest of the match in the opposite end of the stadium, he decided to turn his back on the game and head elsewhere.

The cheeky supporter, who was capitalising on a week which saw Manchester City demolish Spurs 6-0, believes his punishment was harsh:

I know he is under a lot of pressure so I think my words hit him, even though I am only a little guy in little Tromso. He was being a bit petulant. This is the same thing that can be sung by 60,000 at the Emirates Stadium or other grounds.

Villas-Boas has appeared volatile in recent weeks and has plenty to contend with as Spurs fail to gain momentum in the Premier League. He spent over £100 million to compensate for the loss of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but Spurs currently sit eight points behind Arsenal at the top.

While home losses against West Ham and Newcastle have raised concerns at White Hart Lane, the 36-year-old was also subject to pressure after his decision to keep a concussed Hugo Lloris on the pitch against Everton caused a media battle, per Paul Doyle of The Guardian.

He was less combative and "sorry" for Spurs' abysmal showing at the Etihad, noted on the club's official Twitter account:

Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail Online suggested Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique is being eyed as a replacement in the aftermath of the North London club's fourth defeat of the season, although Villas-Boas labelled himself "immune" to constant speculation about his future.

Rather bizarrely, former Spurs chairman Lord Alan Sugar claimed it would be a "dream" for Sir Alex Ferguson to take over the club, as reported by talkSPORT (via Charles Perrin of The Express).

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas looks skywards before the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on October 20, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Ima
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Although Spurs eventually managed to grab victory in Norway—a second-half own goal from Adnan Causevic and a strike from Mousa Dembele doing the trick—Stenersen's jibes seemed to provoke Villas-Boas during the challenging trip abroad.

While it's apparent the press, the media and the fans are more than happy to maintain discussion of Villas-Boas' future, the former Chelsea boss will see conjecture intensify further if Spurs lose to Manchester United in their next fixture.