Why Andre Villas-Boas' Only Smart Choice Is to Stay at Tottenham

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 26:  Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas arrives in the paddock before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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For most of his young managerial career, Andre Villas-Boas has been in high demand.

The demand for the 35-year-old supposedly continued in recent weeks with Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain linked to the protege of new Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, according to The Guardian.

Villas-Boas will not be headed for the City of Lights, as the big spenders settled for Laurent Blanc to replace the Real Madrid bound Carlo Ancelotti, via psg.fr.

Now that he has escaped the managerial carousel, AVB can now focus on the side that he is building at Tottenham Hotspur.

For all parties involved, the Portuguese's decision to stay at White Hart Lane is the right one.

Villas-Boas showed in his first full season at Tottenham that his untimely sacking at Chelsea the season before was just another flash in the pan decision by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

AVB did plenty of good business in the summer transfer window. He brought in Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele from Fulham, and Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim.

Those additions complimented the spectacular talents of Gareth Bale, and the 'Spurs ended up finishing in fifth place.

Unfortunately for the club, a fifth-place finish and an 18th consecutive St. Totteringham's Day left the campaign labelled as a disappointment. But throughout the season, they showed plenty of promise that they could qualify for the UEFA Champions League this upcoming season.

Villas-Boas introduced a 4-2-3-1 formation that handed the 'Spurs a sense of consistency. He also made one of the best tactical decisions of the English Premier League season by letting Bale roam about in the midfield, instead of being stranded over on the left wing.

Now with his imprint made at the club, AVB has a chance to finally build a premier squad that could potentially contend for a title one day.

One of the ways that he has begun to extend his influence at the club is how he has planned to get rid of the fringe players and veterans in the squad to earn money for this summer's purchases, according to Metro.

One of those summer purchases will likely be Brazilian international Paulinho, whose club Corinthians are set to have talks with Tottenham over the player's future, according to Sky Sports.

Building his squad with players that will suit his system is something that AVB would have no opportunity to do if he had made the move across the English Channel to manage the star-studded PSG lineup.

As Darren Lewis of The Mirror points out, PSG have a long-term focus that is set solely on luring current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to the club after his contract runs out at the end of this season, despite having brought in an established manager in Blanc.

Operating under a one-year loaner period as manager before the Parisians go all in on Wenger would have been a treacherous situation for a young manager like Villas-Boas, who is looking for consistency at the club level at this juncture in his career.

Villas-Boas is not in an unstable situation at Tottenham like he was at Chelsea, and it sounds like he does have plenty of input on the transfer business at the club—a right that he may not have had at PSG.

With that in mind, Villas-Boas' only logical career choice was to stay in North London and manage Tottenham.

There is a strong possibility that AVB will go down as a managerial legend in North London, and maybe even Europe if he continues on his career track at White Hart Lane—something that would have not been possible had he switched to Ligue 1 on a loaner basis this summer.

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