After starting the season with so much promise, the recent firing of manager Andre Villas-Boas was a swift reaction to a run of inconsistent performances from Tottenham. Spurs are currently seventh in the table, two points ahead of Manchester United, and recently won their Europa League group with no blemishes, scoring 15 goals and conceding just two in six games. But Spurs have also dropped meaningful points to mid-level opponents, and more egregiously have been handed two embarrassing defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Liverpool in a three-week span. Given the money that chairman Daniel Levy and the Spurs board have spent on the current roster, a managerial change had to be made.
Even before Gareth Bale was sold over the summer, Levy and Spurs brass aggressively reinvested that projected transfer money back into the club. The Spurs hierarchy ended up sanctioning around 109 million pounds ($177.2 million) of summer spending on players, and in the process set club records for transfer fees on three different occasions. Just three months later, those players have already been labeled as busts by Tottenham fans, and are left to fight for their reputations in the middle of a midseason coaching change.
But this slow start is not the players' fault. Villas-Boas struggled mightily to build a style that fit his personnel, and his inability to adapt is what has left Levy and other Spurs supporters disappointed. As interim manager, Spurs technical coordinator Tim Sherwood should play Tottenham in a 4-3-3 formation for the rest of the season, and in the process play to the strengths of the individual talent that Tottenham invested in.
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