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Tottenham news: Daniel Levy slammed by Andre Villas-Boas in brutal rant – ‘Bad animosity’ | Football | Sport

Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has lifted the lid on his tumultuous relationship with Daniel Levy during his time at the club, admitting in no uncertain terms that the controversial 59-year-old was a difficult figure to work with. Villas-Boas, who is currently without a job in management, took charge of Spurs in July 2012 but was relieved of his duties after less than 18 months in the hot seat.

The Portuguese boss led the club to a fifth-placed Premier League finish at the end of his first season in charge before overseeing Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee.

He worked with Levy to rebuild the squad with a flurry of summer business that included the signings of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, but many of the new additions failed to live up to expectations.

Villas-Boas then paid the ultimate price midway through the 2013/14 campaign after a humiliating 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool, leaving Spurs eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.

The 43-year-old has now issued a telling insight into his time at Spurs by sending a thinly-veiled dig in the direction of Levy, who has come under fire in recent weeks for his handling of the club’s search for a new boss. 

Villas-Boas told The Athletic that Levy encouraged him to leave after just one full season in charge, which caused their relationship to turn sour when Paris Saint-Germain registered their interest in bringing him to the Parc des Princes.

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“So I didn’t have the best of relationships with Daniel,” began Villas-Boas.

“We were correct throughout but we were not in love with each other and I think they wanted me to accept the offer. But I wanted to stay.

“I had a great time in London. The team was good. I didn’t feel at that time that Paris was what I wanted for my career, so I decided to risk on that one more year and for me I take things a lot personally.

“I have a different vision of football and, for me, whenever somebody declines something that’s normally better — be it contract-wise or the possibility of you winning — for me, you are entitled to a contract renewal.

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“That’s how I see things. It wasn’t the case. And that led to a bad, bad animosity between us.

“To the point where it was December and there were no conditions for us to continue working and we reached an agreement to leave.

“Although we lost heavily to Liverpool, we were on more points than the season we beat the points record. But the environment wasn’t there and it was best for both parties.”

Spurs have been on the lookout for a new manager since mid-April, with Levy trying and failing to appoint a number of candidates.

Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso had all been poised to take over in the capital before Levy pulled the plug on their respective moves at the eleventh hour.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and Nuno Espirito Santo, who left his post at Wolves at the end of last season, have also been linked with the vacancy alongside a whole host of other names.

Express Sport previously revealed that interim boss Ryan Mason and his coaching staff have been asked to remain on standby ahead of pre-season training.

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