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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Villas-Boas again hits out at Abramovich

ESPN staff

New Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has taken another swipe at his former employer Roman Abramovich.

• Villas-Boas: Abramovich quit on me

Villas-Boas, 34, was sacked by Chelsea owner Abramovich in March after just eight months at the Stamford Bridge helm, and this week, following his appointment as the new boss of Spurs, the Portuguese criticised the Russian.

The former Porto head coach said he "will never accept" his axe from the Blues, while he claimed Abramovich "quit on me", having lured him from Portugal with a three-year contract.

And Villas-Boas has further hit out at Abramovich on Sunday, with the Spurs boss describing his new side's chairman, Daniel Levy, as more committed than his Russian counterpart and boasting more extensive footballing knowledge.

"Since I met the chairman I've been impressed by the way he goes around his business," Villas-Boas said in the Independent. "He's a person who knows what he's doing, he has football understanding and wants to build something.

"He is involved on a daily basis with his knowledge. That's the main difference. The structures that surround Tottenham are extremely good. Everyone knows they have to play a part in any success and are not looking for scapegoats.

"It was never in my mind to get back so quickly. Is Tottenham a better fit for me? Put it this way: I think there is more a sense of belonging here. The club is full of tradition and this is what I have to admire.

"Chelsea has its tradition too, but it has changed dramatically since 2003 when the club was bought."

Villas-Boas went on to outline his ambitions for Tottenham, whose last trophy came via the League Cup in 2008: "This club has a reputation for the way they play. Okay you could never say they are the Barcelona of England but you can say there is a wonderful history regarding attractive football.

"I know there are responsibilities that come with this job and I will be the first to accept failure if that's what happens.

"Obviously Harry left the club with great success and it's understandable that to do better is what is demanded. Whether I can do that, we will see next May."

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