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It's always good to know you're loved and appreciated, isn't it? And if anyone needs some loving at the moment, it is Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas.
And on Friday morning, he received it from the unlikely source of Geoff Sweet at The Sun (subscription required).
OK, it wasn't exactly Sweet who had sugarcoated Villas-Boas' day, but the fact that the Spurs boss remains such a respected figure at FC Porto must have been a welcome bonus for the 36-year-old.
According to the article, a source at the Portuguese club said:
Andre is held in such high regard the club will move heaven and earth to get him back.
We hope he might welcome a return to his old stamping ground.
There is no doubting that those words will have been welcomed by Villas-Boas as much as the Premier League win at Fulham.
The former Chelsea manager cut a forlorn figure at Manchester City two weeks ago as his multi-million assembly of a team was brushed aside by a marauding Etihad Stadium side.
There really was no hiding place for AVB, even though Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail claimed bearing fault was not a strong suit for the Tottenham boss.
Samuel's colleague at the Daily Mail, Neil Ashton, joined the criticism after the insipid Tottenham display in Manchester, prompting a reaction from AVB after the 2-2 draw with Manchester United the following week, as David Kent of the Mail reported.
It wasn't a smart move on the part of the Tottenham manager, but there is always going to be friction between a team boss and critical journalists if results have not been good. World football is littered with such divisions.
However, Villas-Boas spent over £110 million during a summer spending blitz, and to date, the club lies sixth in the Premier League table and 10 points behind north London rivals and table-toppers Arsenal.
Villas-Boas can point to comfortable Europa League progress, but that will not be enough to placate the boardroom if a Champions League place at least is not guaranteed by the end of the season.
Tottenham have scored just 13 goals in 14 league matches to date, which underlines a specific issue for the manager. And it is an area which is causing concern for some board members and backroom staff, who want AVB to use a two-pronged attack, according to Sweet's article.
The murmurings of disquiet have begun, and Villas-Boas must effect a change in fortunes for Tottenham quickly to avoid an inevitable demise, although his two recent wins at Fulham and Sunderland will have eased the pressure on him.
But Villas-Boas and Tottenham will know that another "crisis" is only two defeats away in the Premier League these days.
The Portuguese coach might have fallen to player power at Stamford Bridge, but this time he really would have only himself to blame.
Believability meter: Medium
Villas-Boas is clearly a highly thought of figure at Porto, but the time is not quite right yet, and he deserves the chance to see out the current season with Tottenham.
However, if the former Chelsea boss has not secured a Champions League place by May, the Portuguese club should buy itself a welcome mat.