Why David Moyes, Not Villas-Boas, is the Right Man for Tottenham

Following the recent departure of Harry Redknapp from Tottenham Hotspur, attention has quickly focused on the search for his replacement. In recent seasons, the North London club has enjoyed spells of success in the Premier League and Champions League. Now standing at a proverbial crossroads, Spurs’ fortunes will rest largely on chairman Daniel Levy’s forthcoming managerial appointment, by far his most important to date.

Despite Tottenham’s interest in Andre Villas-Boas, the obvious choice — to me — for the job is Everton’s David Moyes. The Scot is almost perfectly suited to the vacant Spurs role, and was unsurprisingly the bookies’ favorite. After a decade in charge at Goodison Park, Moyes is universally considered to be one of the Premier League’s finest managers, and may well relish the fresh challenge of taking over at a club with genuine Champions League aspirations.

The last three seasons at White Hart Lane have been a remarkably successful period, especially for a club which spent much of the last two decades mired in mid-table mediocrity. Over this short yet eventful time in their recent history, there has been a slight, but definite shift in Spurs’ mentality.

For many years, Tottenham’s identity has been somewhat reflected by the famous Danny Blanchflower quote:

“The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish.”

Whether Spurs fans like it or loathe it, this is how they have become known to the world – as a football club who take pride in doing things the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Way’, the term given to what is believed to be the ‘right way’ of doing things. The philosophy, which seems more at home on the streets of Brazil than on the frozen football pitches of Britain, has been celebrated all over the world, in its many different forms.

The winds of change might soon be blowing down Bill Nicholson Way, however. The team’s ethos is undergoing something of a metamorphosis, as the ownership attempts to shift more emphasis onto results, thereby fostering a ‘winning’ culture within the club. Undoubtedly encouraged by the team’s recent fortunes, the Board of Directors sent its clearest signal of intent yet this week by sacking Redknapp. The veteran manager has been widely praised for introducing an exciting brand of counter-attacking football to the Lane, but has also come under fire for inconsistent results, especially towards the end of last season.

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