White Hart Lane will have a new man in charge next season and Willie Duncan examines how the former Porto and Chelsea boss will perform as Spurs manager in his first seasonAndre Villas-Boas is back in football after being named as Harry Redknapp’s successor at Tottenham Hotspur.
It is an appointment which is sure to bring plenty of attention on the north London club as observers look to see whether a desperately disappointing spell at Chelsea last season represented a mere blip in the otherwise successful coaching career of Villas-Boas, or an indication that the former Porto boss lacks the tools required to cope with the rigours of managing in the English Premier League.
William Hill has a range of special prices on the success or otherwise of Villas-Boas’ stint at White Hart Lane and offer odds of 9/4 (3.25) that, rather like his spell at Chelsea, the Portuguese manager is relieved of his duties before season 2012-13 draws to a close.
That seems unlikely, though, with Daniel Levy looking to build on the foundations put in place by Harry Redknapp and William Hill offer 1/3 (1.33) for Villas-Boas to last the season.
William Hill also offer 4/1 (5.0) that the Portuguese gets one up on his former employers as well as Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal by ending the season as the top London club, a price which will appeal to some given how tight the finish was between all three clubs last season.
However, the most attractive price is the 7/4 (2.75) quote from William Hill on Villas-Boas guiding Spurs to a second successive top-four finish.
With Harry Redknapp suggesting that his successor will inherit a squad capable of challenging for the English Premier League title, a top-four finish will be the minimum expectation of Spurs fans and the board of directors.
It is an objective which should be well within reach for Villas-Boas and his new side.
The 34-year-old, of course, will look to further strengthen the squad, with William Hill offering 2/1 (3.0) for fellow countryman Joao Moutinho to be part of the team when Villas-Boas' men meet Chelsea on the opening day of the season.
Meanwhile Marseille's Loic Remy is also chalked up at 2/1 (3.0) to face Chelsea. Both men are available at 4/11 (1.36) not to be in Spurs' squad on the opening day of the season.
Another man reportedly on Spurs' radar is Russian star Alan Dzagoev, who made a big impact at Euro 2012.
William Hill think that Dzagoev is an unlikely addition to Villas-Boas squad in time for the season's opener with the Russian chalked up at 5/1 (6.0) to appear on the opening day, while the same firm offer 1/9 (1.11) not to be in Spurs' squad for matchday one.
Villas-Boas can confound his critics by securing Champions League football for Tottenham Hotspur and the 7/4 (2.75) on offer from William Hill for the Lilywhites to secure a top-four finish next season should be snapped up here.
Tottenham Hotspur to finish in the top four at 7/4 (2.75) with William Hill
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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter
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