UNHAPPY Tottenham stars held showdown talks with Andre Villas-Boas over his training and tactics.
By PAUL JIGGINS
Boss AVB also had a bust-up with technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood, who is allegedly angry at being frozen out.
Players complained that AVB’s gruelling double training sessions — sometimes staged just 24 hours before a match — left them too tired to perform in Premier League matches this season.
And Spurs stars have also hit out at their manager’s negative style of football, telling him they would prefer to play a more attacking system. AVB has scrapped the double training sessions after listening to his squad.
Spurs, away at Manchester United tonight, are eighth in the table and unbeaten since losing at Newcastle in their opening game.
But AVB is said to have been left reeling by the mutiny, which reportedly follows bust-ups with some of the club’s old guard behind the scenes.
The Portuguese boss, who took over in July, ruthlessly axed chief scout Ian Broomfield earlier this month.
AVB’s row with Sherwood has also caused concern.
The former midfielder was looking to be more involved with the first team this season.
But AVB said this week: “I think the chairman sees Tim working with the development squad.”
Sherwood may quit if his old club Blackburn offer him the chance to replace Steve Kean, who quit last night.
The situation has echoes of the way AVB infuriated the Chelsea squad last season before he was sacked.
Villas-Boas was fined £12,000 for criticising referee Chris Foy last season — and the same man takes charge today.
Asked whether United boss Alex Ferguson has an influence over refs, the Spurs boss said: “It’s an interesting question but I paid a very high fine last time and I don’t want to do that again.”