Andre Villas-Boas needed more time at Tottenham Hotspur F.C., says Harry Redknapp

Dec 17 2013, 17:44 IST
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SummaryAndre Villas-Boas deserved more time to work with and develop the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. squad, Harry Redknapp said on the day his successor was fired as manager.

Andre Villas-Boas deserved more time to work with and develop the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. squad, Harry Redknapp said on the day his successor was fired as manager.

Three heavy defeats in two months, the most recent a 5-0 mauling by Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday, resulted in the sack for Villas-Boas with his expensively-assembled team lying a disappointing seventh in the Premier League table.

Spurs were also thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City three weeks ago and suffered the embarrassment of a 3-0 home defeat by struggling West Ham United in October but Redknapp felt it was too early to jettison the young Portuguese.

"I think people are over-reacting too quickly," he told Talksport Radio on Monday. "You lose a couple of games now and you're in trouble, it shouldn't be like that.

"You either think somebody is good at their job or not and when you appoint someone you should give them time and let them do the job," added Redknapp, who is now in charge of Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers.

"It's far too early for people to start wanting to pull the plug on him. You've got to give him time and see what he can do," he said just before it was announced that Villas-Boas had been dismissed.

The 36-year-old looked a broken man on Sunday after his team, reduced to 10 men following the 63rd minute sending-off of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, were led a merry dance by a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool side.

A place in the Europa League knockout stages and a quarter-final Capital One Cup date with West Ham on Wednesday were clearly of little consequence to a Spurs board that had splashed out more than 100 million pounds ($162.98 million) on transfers in the close season.

The Londoners looked bereft of ideas and desperately short of fighting spirit when they were ripped apart by Liverpool but, looking beyond that crushing defeat, Villas-Boas also failed to recognise the importance of the powerful British press.

The Portuguese known as 'AVB', who was also sacked by London rivals Chelsea in 2012 after moving to Stamford Bridge following a highly successful spell with Porto, never got close to the friendly rapport Redknapp shared with the media.

FROSTY RELATIONSHIP

A reflection that the pressure was beginning to get to Villas-Boas came after a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at the start of the month.

The Spurs manager snapped at a reporter after he wrote an article suggesting that "any

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