Hoddle: Villas-Boas under pressure at Tottenham because of Chelsea failure

The former Spurs player and manager has had his say on the Portguese's appointment at White Hart Lane alongside fellow legends Gary Mabbutt and Terry Venables

Tottenham legends Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle and Gary Mabbutt have had their say on the appointment of manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The 34-year-old was announced as Harry Redknapp's successor on a three-year deal on Tuesday, bringing an end to his five-month spell out of work following his sacking by Chelsea.

And Hoddle, who enjoyed a distinguished spell as a player at Spurs before later managing them to League Cup glory, says Villas-Boas must deal with the pressure better this time round.


"He needs to handle the pressure. It was a big call from chairman Daniel Levy to let Harry Redknapp go — and an even bigger one to bring in AVB," he told The Sun.

"It means the club are at a crossroads. They didn’t need to be in this position. They should have been moving forward, keeping star players, bringing in some new ones and improving the stadium.

"Anyone would be under pressure. But he’s under more because of what happened at Chelsea."

Meanwhile, Venables, who, like Hoddle, played for and managed the north London club before taking charge of the England national team, believes the Portuguese must show more humility.

"The first thing new Tottenham chief Andre Villas-Boas needs to do is be humble," he said.

"Having led unbeaten Porto to a Treble in his first season, he arrived at Chelsea as a manager who had never tasted defeat.

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"As we all know, he came unstuck. He must admit he got things wrong last time and then prove it by listening to what the senior players have to say. Treat them like adults and they will prosper."

And finally Mabbutt, who made his name as a defender during a distinguished 16-year stay at the club, believes the former Porto boss will prove to be an inspired appointment.

"The first thing he needs to do is take stock of the whole squad," he said.

"There is now a very strong ambition at Tottenham and the work done by Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy over the last three years has moved the club up to the next level. It’s up to AVB to continue that.

"He will be an excellent appointment. He will make some mistakes but everybody does that and he will learn from them, I’m sure."