Guess what, Spurs fans? We still have a manager! According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur gaffer Andre Villas-Boas will reportedly remain with the club for at least another year after turning down overtures from Paris St. Germain, who will now reportedly appoint Fabio Capello.
Rumors have been flying in recent days about PSG, one of the nouveau riche clubs in Ligue 1, throwing money at AVB to make him their new manager. There have been reports of Villas-Boas having a €10m release clause in his contract, and suggestions that, with Manuel Pelligrini and Jose Mourinho off the market, AVB was now the top target for one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe.
AVB would have had a real peach of a job in Paris. He would have inherited a fantastic team spearheaded by super-Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and would have enjoyed not only nearly unlimited transfer spending but also a Champions League platform on which to showcase his squad. The Standard article suggests that PSG did approach Villas-Boas (or his agent), but that he ultimately turned them down "out of loyalty to chairman Daniel Levy, who handed him a chance to rebuild his reputation in English football." Villas-Boas is coming off of a very successful debut season, and now has a world-class player in Gareth Bale, a new Italian Director of Football in Franco Baldini, the support of Tottenham fans worldwide, and hopefully strong financial backing from Daniel Levy for some summer transfer signings. Whatever the reason for Villas-Boas turning down PSG, it's extremely positive news for Tottenham Hotspur.
PSG will now reportedly turn to former England manager and current Russia manager Fabio Capello. Capello's appointment, if it proves true, could start a coaching and player domino effect that would free current PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti to head to Real Madrid. Ancelotti's appointment, in turn, could lead to Real Madrid making an actual bid for Gareth Bale, so watch for that as well.
This is exciting news for Tottenham Hotspur! Instead of losing our best player and our manager this offseason, worst case scenario is we only lose Gareth Bale and get a boat-load of money. Best case scenario is we keep everyone of importance, enhance the squad, and improve on last season. Either way, it's appearing very likely that AVB will be around to guide the club forward for at least one more year.