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Andre Villas-Boas had a Tromso fan ejected for singing ‘sacked in the morning’ chant

Ryan Bailey
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Circled: AVB and the offending fan (nordlys.no)

Circled: AVB and the offending fan (nordlys.no)

Despite spending £110m on new transfers in the summer, Tottenham have scored only nine league goals this season — one less than Sergio Aguero has managed on his own — and they boast the worst shot conversion rate in the league. Also, they're not a lot of fun to watch.

All of this has mounted pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas, with reports that his job is on the line surfacing a few days after Spurs lay on the field at Eastlands and let Manchester City walk all over them.

Tottenham managed a 2-0 victory north of the Arctic Circle in Tromso on Thursday evening, but one Norwegian fan wasn't able to watch the entire game.

Reidar Stenersen Jr, a 29-year-old hairdresser whose Twitter feed claims he is a Manchester Utd season ticket holder, was ejected from the Alfheim Stadium at the behest of AVB, because he sang abusive sacking-based chants from the stand behind the dugout:

The Guardian translates the story he gave to Norwegian newspaper Nordlys:

"I first sung after five minutes that he would be 'sacked in the morning' and he looked at me. At the half-time whistle, when it was still 0-0 and I started the same song, he pointed at me and suddenly the security came and threw me out.

"I know he is under a lot of pressure so I think my words hit him, even though I am only a little guy in little Tromso. He was being a bit petulant. This is the same thing that can be sung by 60,000 at the Emirates Stadium or other grounds."

Tromso's head of security has confirmed that a fan was removed when AVB made a complaint to the UEFA Inspector. (Also, he inadvertently confirmed that there is such a thing as a UEFA Inspector.) The fan was offered a seat on the other side of the ground, but instead chose to leave and go to watch the second half in the city.

On the one hand, Stenersen has a point about a stadium full of people chanting the same thing without consequence, and that a top flight manager would be expected to have thicker skin. On the other hand, having a single fan berate you from a few yards away could be very distracting, and it's a pretty obnoxious way to behave. Perhaps AVB should head to the hairdresser's salon next week and scream "sacked in the morning!" at him while he tries to perform a short back and sides.

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