The manager I would have had at Spurs ahead of Villas-Boas

Posted by Dan Fitch

As Andre Villas-Boas was appointed Tottenham manager before I started my writing duties with ESPNFC, you were spared my pontifications on the subject of who should be the new Spurs manager.

Now I'm going to recycle those thought processes.

AVB was pretty high up my list and I was pleased when he was appointed, but he wasn't my first choice. That man was the manager who will be sitting in the home dugout tomorrow.

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I find it baffling that David Moyes has never been offered the opportunity to dine at the top table of the Premier League. No offence to Everton -- who historically and in terms of support are one of the biggest teams in English football -- but Moyes just doesn't have the financial backing at that club to realistically challenge for honours.

What he has managed is to consistently overachieve. Given the budgets he's had to work with and the amount of times he's been forced to sell his best players, Moyes has done a tremendous job and one that I considered to be the perfect audition for the Spurs role.

Tottenham spend a lot more money in the transfer market than Everton, but like the Toffees, we can't compete financially with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. Both Spurs and Everton have the strategy of recruiting and developing talented young players who are then sold for a premium. When you don't have a massive stadium or a billionaire backer, then it's the only way to compete.

No one has done a better job with such a model than Moyes, which is why I really wanted him to take over at Tottenham. A lot of Spurs fans didn't agree and were against his appointment, arguing that his style of play wasn't attractive enough.

Rubbish. Just because a manager employs a certain strategy at one club, doesn't necessarily mean that he will play the same way at another, especially when given more funds to work with. Harry Redknapp's Tottenham team played some of the best football I've ever seen at White Hart Lane, but I don't remember going weak at the knees watching his Portsmouth side.

Everton played some pretty dull stuff in the first half of last season but it should be remembered that at the time, Spurs had signed Steven Pienaar from them and Moyes had been forced to sell Mikel Arteta. Any team would look duller robbed of those creative outlets.

Once Everton got Pienaar back and finally signed a decent striker in the shape of Nikica Jelavic, then they looked a far more dynamic prospect. They are direct at times but why wouldn't you be if you had a player with Marouane Fellaini's heading ability?

These days a trip to Everton is one of the most difficult away games that Spurs will face all season, although traditionally we do tend to do pretty well against them. The key to Spurs picking up a positive result on Sunday is how well they deal with Fellaini.

This is a game where Spurs could really do with Michael Dawson or Younes Kaboul, who are the types of robust defenders that are best equipped to deal with such an aerial menace. I fear that the fading talents of William Gallas could be given a bruising afternoon at the hands of Fellaini.

Therefore it will be vital that Sandro stays close to Fellaini. The Brazilian is one the few Premier League players who can compete in the physicality stakes with the bubble-haired Belgian. It promises to be a heavyweight encounter.

I would be happy with a draw at Everton which is true of pretty much every Premier League team that travel to Goodison. That's a testament to the quality of the team that Moyes has built. If Villas-Boas can do as good as job at Spurs then we will be in for some very successful seasons.

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