Despite speculation of squad unrest at Tottenham Hotspur, English centre-half Michael Dawson has vehemently denied any rumour of a rift between the players and the new manager, suggesting that the side do not care that Andre Villas-Boas joined the Spurs only after failing at Chelsea.
Villas-Boas was assigned as Spurs boss after Harry Redknapp’s sacking only three months after the former was booted out at Stamford Bridge, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy seeing the Portuguese manager as the right candidate to take the club to the next level.
However, newspaper reports seemed to suggest that the players did not share that belief, and were vary of the 34-year old’s footballing philosophy after seeing squad fallouts at Chelsea.
Dawson however denied any sort of differences between him and the manager, suggesting that Villas-Boas’ tenure at White Hart Lane is a new start for everyone concerned.
“People have reputations, but from my point of view I take him how I see him,” said Dawson. “The first time I met him he was great and it’s a fresh start for him and every single player. When a new manager comes in there are always changes.”
Dawson also added that Villas-Boas was trying to incorporate his style of play into the Spurs side.
“For pre-season I’m normally running around fields, but he does a lot of training with the ball and is installing his beliefs into the players on a daily basis.
“Harry did a great job, but we’ve got a new manager and we’ve now got to look forward, be positive and take the next step.”
The defender, who said he was ‘devastated’ after Spurs missed out on Champions League football, insisted that qualification for the competition remained the bare minimum ambition for Tottenham.