The Tigers new boy is not a fan of AVB.
Despite having been widely praised after a year at Tottenham Hotspur, Andre Villas Boas has been criticised by Hull City new boy Tom Huddlestone.
The midfielder left White Hart Lane this summer for the Tigers following eight years at the north London club and the 26-year-old had less than kind words to say about the manager.
“No, I didn’t feel I got a fair crack of the whip,” the Englishman was quoted in the Mirror.
“I’d play some games and the results were good and my personal performances were good, and then I’d find myself out of the team for six or seven weeks without any explanation.
“I didn’t speak to him [AVB] this pre-season. I just knew the club’s feelings that they were happy for me to go if the right bid came in.
“The first few years I was there, the philosophy and policy were to buy young British players, such as myself, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas, and players like that.
“Now Steve Caulker has gone, they’ve let me go, Jake has left and it has gone the opposite way – buying more established international players. I’m not sure if it is good for the club.”
Huddlestone is clearly rankled by the Portuguese boss’ methods and the lack of impetus put on British players – although Welshman Bale was unquestionably the best player at the club last year.
However, under Villas-Boas Tottenham enjoyed their best ever Premier League points tally in 2012/13 and despite missing out on the Champions League places, looked like a strong unit.
The manager has bought in four new players this season – all from abroad – and along with Huddlestone has also let English midfielder Jake Livermore leave for Hull; although on a loan deal.
Yet with Arsenal struggling to sign any new players, many believe that the new season could be the time when the shift in power in north London heads Tottenham’s way.