On December 15, 2013, Liverpool humiliated Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 at White Hart Lane. The next day, two alternate timelines diverged. In one, Andre Villas-Boas knuckled down and saw out the season, maintaining the status quo with his typical gravelly-voiced charm. He couldn't quite get his band of misfits to gel, but chairman Daniel Levy gave him the time he needed to try turn it around before they parted ways with mutual consent at the end of the season. In the other, his relationship with Levy soured beyond repair and backroom-staffer Tim Sherwood undermined AVB's authority before helping him over the ledge and out of the club in a cloud of ignominy.
Ask almost any Spurs fan, and even those who recognize AVB's obvious limitations would have preferred to see the first timeline play out. If nothing else, Villas-Boas's achievements with the club had earned the right to see the season through to the end, particularly in the wake of so many new signings and the loss of the world class Gareth Bale.
The timeline we got was a fractured mess of behind-the-scenes backstabbing and infighting between the fans so violent Twitter itself was nearly torn asunder. The one we dream of is a period of grace, unity, and mutual respect, with the whole club pulling in the same direction.
But though it may not seem so, the timeline we dream of is the darkest timeline, and we are all incredibly lucky not to be living in it. Because in that timeline there is no Harry Kane.
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