Hoddle believes Villas-Boas appointment is a risk for Tottenham

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle believes the club have taken a risk in appointing ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas to replace Harry Redknapp, the Independent has reported.

Villas-Boas moves to White Hart Lane after being sacked by Chelsea in March following a poor sequence of results that left the club in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League. Under Roberto Di Matteo Chelsea did eventually confirm their participation in the tournament for the forthcoming season but only by winning the competition outright having finished sixth in the Premier League, displacing Spurs in the process.

Hoddle feels that Villas-Boas’ difficult time at Stamford Bridge is what makes his appointment a gamble, adding that there should not have been an appointment needed in the first place, as Tottenham should have instead backed Redknapp. The former England manager said: “I’m surprised, I did not think that is the way Spurs would go. It’s more than a slight risk because of the way things didn’t work out at Chelsea.

Redknapp was sacked following speculation over his future after contract negotiations between the parties stalled having spent almost four years in charge of the club.

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