Soon to be unveiled White Hart Lane boss set for something of a shock.
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS faces a baptism of fire when he is unveiled as Spurs boss in the next 48 hours.
Facing fierce opposition from both players and fans alike, the new man will be greeted by dressing room unrest that will test him from his first day in the job.
Next in line is midfielder Luca Modric, the midfielder AVB tried to sign when he was at Chelsea, but whose agent insists is now hell bent on getting the move he failed to persuade Spurs to let him have last summer.
Behind them will be Mexican midfielder Giovanni dos Santos, a big star for his country but cast into the wilderness by Harry Redknapp.
David Bentley is also likely to ask for a move – possibly to Fulham – if the new manager fails to offer any sign of rekindling the one-time golden boy’s flagging career.
Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, whose dream of playing for his country in the Olympic Games was dashed after being left out in the cold last season, will also be demanding assurances about his future. And veteran defender William Gallas, a target for rivals West Ham, is also out of contract.
Add to them Jermain Defoe, who will also want to be given a clear idea about his first-team prospects after spending much of last season on the bench, and Steven Pienaar – who is keen to go back to Everton and Nico Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka have already left for Ukraine and Russia.
SOURCE: Sunday Express
Could this be an attempt by a newspaper to undermine a manager simply because he is about to take over from media favourite Harry Redknapp? It sure looks that way.
Why exactly would so many White Hart Lane recruits immediately have it in for the former Chelsea manager? To be fair to this source of the nine named, two have already left and five struggled to get regular first team football under previous management.
However Giovani dos Santos, David Bentley, Heuelho Gomes, Steven Pienaar and Jermain Defoe may just as well be glad to see Villas-Boas arrive as it could give them a lifeline they seemingly couldn’t count on under Harry Redknapp.
Luka Modric’s exit seems on the cards and can in no way have anything to do with AVB’s imminent arrival, not least because the Portuguese boss wanted the Croatian at Stamford Bridge last summer.
William Gallas’s Tottenham future is in the balance as chairman Daniel Levy looks to snap up Ajax skipper Jan Vertonghen but if the North London club fail to snap up the Belgian then perhaps the French centre back would be offered a new deal?
Andre Villas-Boas is set to be named Tottenham’s new boss and Levy will surely look to hand the former Blues boss a significant transfer fund if indeed so many of the club’s first team squad are to scarper.