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Villas-Boas reveals admiration for Everton boss Moyes

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during the 3-1 win over Panathinaikos. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during the 3-1 win over Panathinaikos. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:02 PM

Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed his deep respect for Everton boss David Moyes as he prepares to do battle with the man many thought deserved to become the next Tottenham manager in the summer.

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Bookmakers installed Moyes as the odds-on favourite to replace Harry Redknapp in June, but Daniel Levy appointed Villas-Boas ahead of the Scot despite his excellent record at the Merseyside club.

Everton had come dangerously close to relegation through the back end of the 1990s, but Moyes’ appointment in March 2002 signalled a huge turnaround in the club’s fortunes.

The Scot, whose only previous experience in management had come at Preston, led the Merseysiders to fourth in 2005 and has only finished outside the top eight twice during his nine full seasons in charge.

Villas-Boas, who takes his team to Goodison Park tomorrow, thinks Everton would be in a much worse position had the 49-year-old not taken the helm 10 years ago.

“He has done tremendously well,” the Tottenham manager said.

“He has changed the mentality of the club. They went through incredibly difficult situations financially and has always built strong teams.

“His scouting is perfect, his training is perfect, the way he motivates his players also makes a difference as you see them on the pitch and they are extremely competitive.

“His teams always seem to improve year after year and that is not always the case. Going to Goodison Park is one of the toughest games.”

Villas-Boas has bad memories of visiting the Toffees. Last season his Chelsea team lost 2-0 at Goodison Park and little over three weeks later the Portuguese was sacked.

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