Villas-Boas ready for Tottenham revolution

The Portuguese manager has assured Spurs fans that he has plans to transform the team regardless of whether or not they secure Champions League football next season
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has promised Spurs fans that he is ready to transform the team this summer, regardless of whether they qualify for the Champions League.

Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League, and should rivals Arsenal win their remaining fixture, Tottenham will be playing Europa League football again next season.

However, this will not halt Villas-Boas' plans to improve his squad.

"We have been outlining the route ahead for what we want to do in terms of the club structures," Villas-Boas told The Independent.

“Hopefully the arrival of somebody else in the structure for the recruitment side, a technical director. That person that bridges the gap between manager and board and is able to be focused on the technical side of things.

“Someone who has experience of dressing rooms, represents the club, is able to link up with players, agents, I think it’s a very important role. It probably opens a wider market and we are able to touch different players.”

The Portuguese boss is understood to have a number of big-name transfer targets lined up this summer, including Barcelona forward David Villa and Porto's Joao Moutinho.

“I told the club that it’s somebody who is extremely important in my view of the structures of the club. It will help with the club moving forward to the dimension that we want to arrive [at].”

Villas-Boas emphasised the value of having such a figure to tie up transfers, and to get the club's transfer business done as early in the window as possible in order to have a settled squad - and first team - by the time the new season kicks off.

“Ideally when you set up for the first game of the season to have put the team to bed would be the ideal situation,” he stressed.

While qualifying for a second crack at the Champions League would be a massive boost for the club, Villas-Boas does not see it as the critical factor in his plans.

“I’m not sure it’s that key, because Tottenham has a great tradition in football, and these facilities," he explained. "And I think we have a group of players that attracts other players to come here, other players in bigger or same level squads would want to join up and play with them.

“The more strong your squad is, the better, and the fact that we have Gareth [Bale] achieving those individual awards this season is obviously something that other players will recognise as important moving forward.”

Regarding his interest in Spain international Villa, whom he tried to sign during his spell in charge at Chelsea, the Spurs boss enthused: “He is a world-renowned striker, one of the world’s best.

"His tally of goals in Valencia was impressive. When he got to Barcelona he played off the channels because [Lionel] Messi started going through the middle, but still with a good record of goals in his first season, until he broke his leg.

"He was a player that I always had a good relationship with, from the times in Chelsea, because I tried to move him away to Chelsea.”