Andre Villas-Boas v Neil Ashton - A Spurs fan's view

December 2, 2013 4:58 PM

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Andre Villas-Boas v Neil Ashton - A Spurs fan's view

The Daily Mail's Neil Ashton should have thought twice before attacking Andre Villas-Boas' integrity

Most people who follow the football on the internet are aware of Neil Ashton, whilst being one of the top writers in the country he is also very opinionated and yesterday Ashton tested the resolve of current Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.

In the build up to the fiery exchange between head coach and writer, Ashton's article explaining how AVB was out of his depth at Tottenham was not necessary.

Within his article Ashton states that 'no-one wins the title with a string of streaky 1-0 victories' - yet who said that Tottenham are title challengers?

Was it AVB? No. It was the media who in fact hyped the the amount of money and personnel Spurs have invested in last summer. Furthermore, Villas-Boas has public stated that his team's main goal is to qualify for the Champions League - and the last time I have checked, fourth place guarantees that, not winning the title.

Ashton remains consistent in his poor conclusions, he compares a £930m spending giant in Manchester City to a team that has spent over £100m in a single window, which was generated by the £85m sale of Gareth Bale.

His conclusion is irrelevant as in context, City have invested much more heavily and yet are sitting just four points above AVB's men. Thus it should be Man City's manger Manuel Pellegrini under more pressure; a squad that has been invested in so heavily yet have only won one out of six away games in the Premier League.

This leads onto yesterday's spat during Villas-Boas' post-match press conference. The message was about one thing - division.

Villas-Boas inferred this as a way of isolating him and his players. Simon Felstein (head of media at Tottenham): responded by stating: 'It’s not about dividing them, that’s the difference'.

This suggests that Tottenham are united and, in fact, he does have the backing of the Spurs dressing room. Do you actually think this would have been the case at Chelsea? The answer itself provides explanation as to why he was sacked so early on in his tenure at Chelea.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when it is misguided and rash when the two haven't met, things don't look too good for Neil Ashton at the moment.

But this is just my opinion. I have a problem with Ashton's and I am making it public.

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