Tottenham bids to return to Champions League spots
LONDON (AP) - For the second consecutive season, Andre Villas-Boas heads into a Premier League campaign overseeing a new era of football at one of London's leading teams.
Instead of performing that role at Chelsea, however, the Portuguese manager is seeking to steer Tottenham back into Champions League football.
His tenure as Chelsea manager came to a humiliating end when he was fired in March, only nine months into a three-year-deal with reports rife that an uprising of senior players at the club had made his position untenable.
Four months later, Villas-Boas replaced Harry Redknapp at Spurs. A devastating slump in form ensured Tottenham capitulated from 10 points ahead of fierce rival Arsenal in the final automatic qualifying spot for Champions League to a point behind the Gunners.