Jon West: Cool and confident at Tottenham unveiling... like AVB's bow at Chelsea

Spurs' new training centre is the set-up of a club that wants to go places

Looking dapper in his suit and confident in his speech and body language, Andre Villa-Boas was the body double of the man that English football first met a year ago in another part of London.

Then his demeanour gradually changed of course, as Chelsea slipped further and further behind their rivals for the Premier League title, and more and more questions were being asked of a manager who was the same age as some of his players. Players who had won medals while AVB was at Stamford Bridge in a much more junior role under Jose Mourinho. Dapper was replaced by grouchy and defensive. And then, suddenly, he was gone.

Yet it was easy to see why Totterham chairman Daniel Levy had dispensed with Harry Redknapp, one of the most proven campaigners in the game, and brought in this particular young man. The club is putting the finishing touches on a new training facility in Enfield that appears to be on a par to the one created by Roman Abramovich's millions across the city in Cobham.

Seventy-three acres, 15 grass pitches, a covered swimming pool and hydrotherapy suite, specialist rehabilitation suites for injured players and a "compressed air" gymnasium: it is the set-up of a club that wants to go places.

So too does Luka Modric, though, and the Croatia play-maker – the man Villas-Boas was so keen to sign for Chelsea a year ago – represents challenge No 1 for the new man.

Except that it doesn't really. As under Redknapp, it is Levy who holds the key to any deal. "At the moment, it is in the hands of the chairman to accept the right proposition," Villas-Boas said. "That is nothing new."

At the moment everything else is, however, and only time will tell whether Villas-Boas can maintain his confident disposition to the end of a campaign this time.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there