With Carlo Ancelotti the favourite to take over from Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have started their search for a replacement. Reports in today’s media indicate that the Ligue 1 giants have sounded out Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas to see if he is interested in a switch to the Parc des Princes.
The appeal for Villas-Boas to move to Paris is understandable. After you win the Europa League with Porto it is only natural that most football blogs would advise you to try your luck in the Champions League, with a club that reached the quarter-finals last season. With the Qatari Investment Authority backing you to spend to strengthen your squad, and top players already present, the allure is there.
However, after PSG clinched the Ligue 1 title last season, the bar has been raised for the French capital city side. Being domestic champions is now a bare minimum for a club that has had such exuberant investment, and progression in the Champions League to the latter stages will also be expected. With Leonardo in place as director of football, the new man, whether it is AVB or not, may well have to work with the players that the Brazilian signs, rather than sign them himself.
If AVB was to move to PSG, it would be a carbon copy of his time at Chelsea. A big club with an impatient owner and expectations that must be met, or else. What he has at Tottenham is much more appealing when considered properly.
Daniel Levy and the Spurs board have agreed to give the Portuguese coach the time he needs to turn the north London club into a consistent challenger for honours. They will back him with transfer fees, and let him run the club the way he sees fit. There is significantly less pressure on his job, and a less rash chairman staring over his shoulder.
There is a feeling that the White Hart Lane club are growing something special with the current squad, with Villas-Boas at the heart of it. After achieving the club’s record points total last season, AVB has shown his ability, and only for poor form when he was finding his feet at the start of the campaign, Spurs would be playing Champions League football next term.
The bright lights and endless cash of PSG is appealing to all considered for the role, but the position has a very definite shelf life. At Tottenham AVB can lead the team to the next level and become a club legend.