AVB; £4.5 million compensation

His three-year contract was terminated “by mutual consent” today following the humiliating 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool.
It was their worst result at White Hart Lane for 16 years and left Spurs in seventh place in the Premier League, outside the Champions League places.
Villas-Boas, 36, known by his initials AVB, only took over at Tottenham in July last year. It is his second failure at a London club after being sacked as Chelsea coach in March last year after nine months in charge. He had previously worked with José Mourinho for seven years.
A statement by Spurs said: “The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach André Villas-Boas for the termination of his services.
“The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.” Villas-Boas admitted yesterday he was fighting to save his job after a string of poor results, including a 6-0 defeat by Manchester City.
The poor form came despite the club spending £110 million on new players following the world record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £86 million.
Speaking soon after the 5-0 defeat, Villas-Boas said: “I have to get down to work. That’s the only thing I can focus on. I won’t resign. I’m not a quitter.”
After being sacked from his £125,000-a-week job last year at Stamford Bridge by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Villas-Boas was offered a £12 million compensation package.
But he decided to forego £11 million to join Spurs, leading the club to their highest points tally of the Premier League era. He is now set for another huge payout after being fired early from his £9 million, three-year deal which was due to run until the summer of 2015. The Portuguese’s fortunes seemed to nosedive after the sale of Bale, despite a raft of new signings.
His position became increasingly under threat after the heavy losses within three weeks.
He also appeared to lose the support of the Tottenham crowd, bemoaning the lack of support after one match saying: “It drags the ball into our goal, instead of the opponent’s goal,” adding: “This is something that is felt within the squad. It’s a feeling that invades us in fixtures like this.”
The club’s woes appeared too much for many fans who booed the team at the final whistle yesterday, in front of a grim-faced chairman Daniel Levy. It was Mr Levy who broke the news to Villas-Boas this morning as he prepared to take the team for training.
Sources in Italy claimed Spurs have made ex-England Fabio Capello their first choice to replace him.
Capello, in charge of Russia, was at White Hart Lane yesterday commentating for Sky Italia. Bookies make him the 4/1 favourite, with former Spurs player Tim Sherwood — a coach at White Hart Lane brought in by Harry Redknapp — second favourite at 6/1.
Former Spurs hero Gary Lineker said on Twitter: “AVB has been sacked by Spurs. Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.”
A spokesman for Spurs said there was “a lot of speculation” but he had no knowledge of what kind of payout Villas-Boas would receive as his salary and contract details have never officially been made public. (Benedict Moore-Bridger /


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