Tottenham players were not happy to see Andre Villas-Boas sacked, reveals Brad Friedel

The Portuguese manager lost his job earlier this week

The Tottenhaam players did not want to see Andre Villas-Boas sacked, Brad Friedel has revealed.

The Portuguese manager was relieved of his duties earlier this week after a disappointing start to this season's campaign, with his last game in charge a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

A myriad of reasons have been given as to why Tottenham chose to get rid of the former Chelsea boss, but according to their reserve goalkeeper, the feelings of the players was not one of them.

"I think all the players in the changing room really wanted things to work out for Andre," Friedel told Fox Sports.

"From day one that he came to the club, (he had an) open door policy, very good communication with the players. None of us were happy to see him go."

Tim Sherwood has taken temporary charge of the club while Tottenham consider their options for the long term. Among those linked with the vacancy are Glenn Hoddle and Fabio Capello. Whoever is appointed on a permanent basis will find a team packed with quality says Friedel.

"We still have to continue to have a very good team spirit, which I know we will. We have a lot of quality in the changing room.

"I’m sure the board are going to be hiring a very good manager to take us forward, who the players will all be behind again, because, at the end of the day, we are employed by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, not by the manager they’re bringing in."

Those players will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup when they play West Ham tonight.