Tottenham’s AVB to PSG? Should he stay or should he go? It all depends on Bale

Real Madrid are not going to be popular with Spurs fans this summer. Not only are they actively courting their star man Gareth Bale but they may now also be responsible for them losing their manager Andre Villas-Boas. Real’s first choice to succeed Jose Mourinho as manager is PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, and Ancelotti hasn’t hidden his desire to take up the offer. If he goes, PSG will need a new manager, and with their own first choice Guus Hiddink committing to another season in Russia the French champions have turned their attention to Villas-Boas. It is conceivable that Real Madrid may even cost Spurs both Bale and AVB. In fact, one may cause the other.

Andre Villas-Boas came to Spurs last summer with plenty to prove after his disastrous spell at Chelsea ended in disarray and sacking. He had been the hottest managerial name in Europe in the summer of 2011, fresh from an unbeaten and Europa League winning season with Porto and as one of the Jose Mourinho stable he had impeccable pedigree. However, by 2012 his reputation was sullied, seemingly unable to impose himself on the Chelsea dressing room that he had once been a mere analyst to. It was therefore a big leap of faith from Spurs to appoint him, and to essentially sack Harry Redknapp in order to do so. He was very grateful to the club for trusting him and he repaid them with fifth place and a points total that would have guaranteed Champions League qualification in most seasons. He took Gareth Bale from star to megastar and helped turn Jan Vertonghen in to one of the signings of the season. He did a great job at Spurs, and his reputation is quickly regathering, particularly in light of his work with Bale.

André Villas-Boas

This has made him a desirable proposition for PSG. They have their own burgeoning megastar in Lucas Moura who they will feel AVB can teach and coach up in the way he did with Bale. PSG invested nearly £40m in the young Brazilian so they need to get the most out of him and AVB has shown he can do that. The other reason they are turning to him is that they are very big on the ‘project’ in Paris. They want a long-term manager and they want him to win them multiple Champions League titles. Well, Villas-Boas is only 35 and has already shown he can win a European trophy, so he is a very logical choice. PSG play a 4-2-3-1 system, which is what Spurs used last year, so PSG wouldn’t need to overhaul the personnel either. It all makes sense.

The pros to staying at Spurs are that if Bale stays he has one of the best players in the world at his disposal. His job is under absolutely no threat, the club seem willing to commit money to him in the transfer market and they gave him his opportunity to return to management at a major club. He may feel a sense of loyalty.

The cons to staying at Spurs mostly revolve around Bale. If Spurs sell him then despite pocketing a massive transfer fee they would have sold one of the top five players in the world. It’s all well and good signing decent replacements in different positions, but without Bale it will be much harder to get in to the Champions League. This could be something AVB feels he can’t achieve at Spurs. With such congestion at the top of the Premier League, seven teams to fit in to four, three will always miss out and more often than not Spurs would likely be in that three without Bale.

The pros of going to PSG are that he will have a ton of money at his disposal, far more than Spurs could offer. He also would be taking over a better team. Spurs have three elite players, but PSG have twice that. They are near enough guaranteed to get in to the Champions League every year, which then gives him an opportunity to win it. PSG seem willing to be patient with a manager.

The cons to moving to PSG are that the club has only had success so far. If, as is likely, they struggle to make an impact on the market this year despite their money and don’t progress in Europe the patience of the ownership would be tested. They haven’t had to experience a negative outcome yet. If he did fail he would have failed at two of the richest clubs in the world, pretty much ending his chances of getting another go somewhere else.

It would be a big decision for AVB to make. If Spurs keep Gareth Bale and add to their squad he should stay. No one in the Premier League has a player like Bale so with the right additions they could even compete to win the league. If they sell Bale he should go to PSG where he would have more chance at winning regularly.

2 Responses to Tottenham’s AVB to PSG? Should he stay or should he go? It all depends on Bale

  1. Andrew says:

    Well this sounds like the media have run out of ideas of trying to upset Gareth Bale, now they have turned their attentions to AVB.
    I can say that AVB will not be moving from Spurs. How can I be that sure? Simple, AVB will honour his contract as Daniel Levy gave him the opportunity to make things right. Levy has allowed AVB to get back his confidence, the confidence which was took from him while managing Chelsea.
    According to the media, so far AVB has been one of the favourites to manage Real Madrid. Then again according to the media, AVB was the out and out favourite to manage Napoli. So here we are again, the media is suggesting that AVB is the favourite to take the reigns at PSG. This again is a rumour made up for two reasons. The first reason and I would say the most important rumour is chairmen and managers accross Europe think that if AVB leaves Spurs then Gareth Bale will leave also. Last week Gareth Bale said he loves working with AVB, with this comment teams around Europe think that if they make the suggestion that AVB is to leave, even though he isn’t, then Bale may think of leaving.
    Maybe certain clubs and their chairmen have instigated these rumours so that they could get Bale to hand in a transfer request and thus leave Spurs and Levy in a vulnerable position. This would then lower the price of Bale from £80million (plus) to somewhere around £45million to £50million.
    I can say that Spurs do need to bring in the players that AVB wants, as long as Spurs do this then both AVB and Gareth Bale will be at Spurs for at least the next two to three years.

  2. nmflemzy says:

    What a bigoted title! Regardless of whether Bale leaves or not, AVB owes Spurs some loyalty as they offered him a chance when he was down of his luck.

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