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Good afternoon.

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. I frequently opt for a Hawaiin shirt and perhaps few balloon animals, just as a simple ice breaker. Andrea Villas Boas’ first encounter as our head honcho with the press  this afternoon was to his and indeed, our credit both classy and considered.

All the propaganda and disinformation doing the rounds courtesy of Arry’s hyena hack pals will now subside. 

Boas is clearly an intelligent and polished communicator who instead of skirting the issue of his previous role at Second Hand Fridge (which was bound to proliferate) he addressed it head on and quite rightly without the need to blush.

Yes of course we got a good few new broom platitudes, but vitally he spoke of ambition and above all spoke respectfully and exuded professionalism. He is interested in winning competitions and titles.

The last bloke shamed us all by failing to touch on any of these qualities in his tenure. There is talk of a ‘high line’ there already are reports from players emerging that reflect the ‘buzz’ the new gaffer has brought with him

A ball has yet to be kicked in anger, but I have a confession to make.

He had me at ‘we’.

The salient quotes below courtesy of the BBC. His SSN interview is here.

“The dimensions of the club speaks for itself and it’s a massive, massive opportunity for me and I’m extremely privileged to have been given that opportunity.

“It’s fantastic to come to a club with such high ambitions for the future and I want to respond to the trust that the chairman has put in me with success and hopefully I can repay that trust.”

“There have been a couple of discussions with clubs. I think that a couple of them were even made public but I was always willing to wait for the right opportunity at the right time.

“For me after the Chelsea step it was important to choose somewhere where I was surrounded by the right commitment and the right people and I think I found it and I’m extremely privileged to be here.”

“The interest that we have from various different clubs [for Modric] shows the importance of the player and what he’s done for Tottenham.

“Ongoing discussions will continue with these clubs until we reach an agreement which is acceptable for each party.”

“[Ade] Adebayor is another player who was important for last season and it will be a lie if I say we are not looking for a striker and Ade is part of that list.”

What About Carroll then? “It’s not fair of me to comment on that. I’m not sure of Liverpool’s intentions on Andy Carroll but it’s certainly not a player we are looking for.”

You’d like to bring him here? “No, no, no.”

“I think it’s excellent for Chelsea to have won a trophy they have desired for so many years and there were so many ambitions towards winning it.”

And adds: “I’m just grateful that I was able to work there and in some way put it on the road to that.”

“We just have to continue with the quality work that Harry [Redknapp] left us. To lose what Harry left us is a mistake so we’ll have to try to build from that and put Tottenham on road for titles.”

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  • Lynesman says:

    I am with you Harry – the moment he started with the ‘we’s’ I knew he was the one.

    I was with the “let us wait and see what happens” group, but the buzz that seems to be around the training ground (how many times do we hear that under harry?), the early signings and that interview I have firmly moved into the “exciting season ahead group”.

    Welcome to The Lane Mr Boas….

    • edspur says:

      To be fair there was a positive reaction to Harry’s appointment from many players with platitudes about training ground and dressing room improvements (or were they down to Jordan and Bond?). Mind you Harry was taking over from Juande when we had (yawn) X points from Y games so if Chirpy had been given a caretaker role we’d have pulled out of our dive at some point.

    • Habib says:

      THANK YOU CHELSEA! Your callous treatment of the hottest young manager in the world allowed us to have a chance at getting him. A year ago we would not even be competing for his signature as we had no chance. THANK YOU CHELSEA!

      • Liamyid says:

        Sorry but I’m all for bigging up the new regime, I’m massively excited and think it was the right time to let Harry go but all this slagging off our last manager has to stop. ‘When did you here of the place Buzzing under Harry’ errr try most of the time, HR created a great atmosphere around the ground and that’s all you ever heard from players, especially when it was going so well. All I’m saying is, yes let’s be excited and get right behind AVB, but let’s not forget its only because of Harry we’re in this fantastic position. I’m grateful for what he done and understand he’s faults so let’s move on.

        • Devonshirespur says:

          harry appreciation??…..wrong blog mate”

        • The v says:

          Aye. That’s me seconding that statement. Leave the bloke alone he was a great manager even though you can not stand his methods.

          God help this chap if he rubs you lot up the wrong way.

          I hope he’s at least as good.


        • johns says:

          Agree totally, Things have got a bit too personal for me.The man did extraordinarily well in his 4 yrs lest not forget.New turn of the page & new era & get behind the direction the club hopes to travel in,but this Harry bashing is so uncalled for!

  • kenny powers says:

    Us and we indeed.
    Also didn’t shame the club by openly talking about another club’s player(Carroll)

  • Babalu says:

    ..cant wait for the season to start. COYS

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