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Football: Villas-Boas aims to be Andre the Great in St Petersburg

Former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on Thursday set high ambitions on his first day of work as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, saying he wanted to build up the team just as Peter the Great had constructed the Russian city. Zenit have brought in Villas-Boas, 36, as manager in the hope he can take the side to European glory after sacking his predecessor Luciano Spalletti for failing to win more big silverware.

Football: Spurs sack Villas-Boas after Liverpool rout

Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur after 17 months in the role, the English Premier League club announced on Monday. The news arrived a day after Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at White Hart Lane, which left the north London club five points below the Champions League places in seventh in the Premier League table. "The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services," read a statement on the Tottenham website.

Football: Spurs sack Villas-Boas after Liverpool rout

Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur after 17 months in the role, the English Premier League club announced on Monday. The news arrived a day after Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at White Hart Lane, which left the north London club five points below the Champions League places in seventh in the Premier League table. "The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services," read a statement on the Tottenham website.

Football: 'Villas-Boas abuse' music to ears of fed-up New Yorker

A musical theatre lover who shares the same initials as under-fire Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is tweeting song lyrics back to irate Spurs fans who deluge her with abuse. Ashley Van Buren from New York, a freelance writer and researcher according to her blog, uses the Twitter name @AVB, giving her the same initials as Villas-Boas. Following Tottenham's insipid 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday, she received a stream of abuse from fans of the London club who spotted @AVB and saw red. But rather than get upset, she got even.

Football: Spurs win to ease pressure on Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 against Tromso in the bitter chill of Norway on Thursday to seal first place in Europa League Group K and ease a little of the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas. Reports in England in recent days suggest that the Portuguese is hanging on to his job after last Sunday's 6-0 hammering by Manchester City in the Premier League, and another substandard performance on the trip north of the Arctic Circle would have done him few favours, even if Spurs were already through to the last 32 before this game.

Football: Villas-Boas defends goal-shy Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas launched a staunch defence of his side's Premier League goalscoring record after their 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park. Spurs have only scored nine goals in 10 league matches this season, with Hull City the only team in the top half of the table to have scored fewer. But having seen his side climb up to fourth place, Villas-Boas dismissed suggestions that they lack a cutting edge in the final third of the pitch, and pointed to their tally in all competitions.

Football: Villas-Boas cheered by Spurs fans' reaction

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas paid tribute to the club's fans after seeing his side overcome Hull City in a penalty shootout to reach the League Cup quarter-finals. Villas-Boas had been critical of his side's supporters after their 1-0 victory over the same team in the Premier League on Sunday, accusing them of creating a "very tense, very negative" atmosphere. However, after seeing his team beat Hull 8-7 on penalties following a gripping 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, he said he was happy with their support.

Football: Villas-Boas hits out at negative Spurs fans

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told fans to get behind his team and stop creating a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane. Spurs made hard work of a 1-0 win over Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday with Roberto Soldado's 80th-minute penalty all that separated the sides. Spaniard Soldado's third goal from the spot and sixth of the season moved Spurs into fourth in the table, but that didn't stop Villas-Boas from criticising home fans.

Football: Villas Boas slams 'disgraceful' FA over lack of Torres ban

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has called the Football Association's failure to ban Chelsea's Fernando Torres for scratching Jan Vertonghen a "disgrace". Spain forward Torres was seen by television cameras to have clawed at the face of Spurs' Belgian defender during a 1-1 Premier League draw involving the London clubs at White Hart Lane on Saturday. However, as one of the match officials saw some, but not all, of the incident, the FA said Tuesday it would not be taking additional action -- a move Villas Boas labelled "farcical".

Football: Arsenal pull away as Manchester giants slump

Arsenal inched clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after Manchester United sensationally crashed at home to West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City lost at Aston Villa. A week on from their 4-1 derby humiliation at City, United were looking to return to winning ways in the league but instead slumped to a 2-1 defeat that left the champions in 12th place in the table.
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