It's probably fair to say that the appointment of Andre Villas Boas has met with a mixed reaction from the Spurs fans. On the one hand there's his unbeaten and trophy-laden season at Porto to consider. On the other, there is his ill-fated and brief tenure at Stamford Bridge.
He is a coach who never played the game at any serious level and yet he learned his trade under the likes of Bobby Robson and Jose Mourinho. A man whose buttoned-up demeanour seems at odds with the attractive, attacking football he wants his teams to play. Of all the candidates who were mentioned in connection with the Spurs hot seat, AVB looks like the ultimate "only time will tell" choice.
What may be of more of a surprise, at least to a section of the media, is that Harry Redknapp's departure has provoked a similarly mixed response from the supporters. The same journalists who created the idea that Harry was a shoo-in for the England job - and might therefore unwittingly have had a hand in his exit from White Hart Lane - will no doubt be puzzled that the Spurs faithful are not currently renting their new replica shirts asunder.
That is not too hard to figure out. Harry was largely the architect of his own downfall. His team faltered late in the season, surrendering what at one point had looked an unassailable third place finish. At times it appeared that Redknapp's main goal was to gloss over this fact, a strategy presumably not unconnected to his desire to improve his own contract with the club. This is someone who had said less than a month ago that,
"I want Daniel to go out and get three fantastic players now to come in … If we don't improve then they will improve. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal - they will improve, and Man City... they're unbelievable …. You have to keep improving if you want to keep anywhere near those teams. I certainly feel we need three players of real quality if we are going to compete with those teams otherwise it will be very difficult."
Now that his hands are off the tiller, his perspective on what faces AVB seems somewhat different:
"He has certainly got the players there to be a top four team every year and challenge for the championship."
There is no doubt that Harry Redknapp did a good job during his four years at the club, even if the lowly position when he took over has served to make his reign seem a bit more messianic than was actually the case. In any event, his time in charge is now part of the club's history. A manager who increasingly seemed to be focused on bolstering his own image has been replaced by one who is looking simply to rebuild his. That motivation alone just might be enough to propel Spurs forward.