Molby: Villas Boas has not learned lessons from Chelsea

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has voiced his fears that Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is embarking on the same route of destruction that ended in his dismissal at Chelsea last season. Villas-Boas, who replaced Harry Redknapp as Spurs manager in the summer, has come under pressure after a difficult start to the season that has seen a rebuild of an already talented squad and sales of the likes of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.

The pressure has increased on Villas-Boas with his handling of new signing Hugo Lloris, who he announced would not be replacing veteran 41 year old Brad Friedel as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

Writing for Eurosport, Molby offered that the Lloris case proved that Villas-Boas was in danger of repeating the poor man-management skills that destabilised him at Chelsea. “I don’t think I have ever heard of a situation where a player has been discontent so quickly after signing,” Molby said. “I’m sure there are cases where a player has joined a club and realised it is not what they wanted, but this is a whole different scenario: he is unhappy because of some comments his manager has made and he hasn’t even put on a Spurs shirt yet.

Molby continued: “History is repeating itself at Tottenham now: he is changing the squad very quickly and trying to impose his own brand of football, but possibly at the cost of team harmony. The difference between him and his former mentor Jose Mourinho is that Mourinho immediately gets the players onside and makes them feel part of the group. Villas-Boas leaves players hanging and leaves it up to them to forge relationships.

ottenham have yet to win under Villas-Boas this season. Their new-look squad travel to Reading in search of their first Premier League victory after the international break.

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