Spurs must forget about Harry and embrace AVB era, urges Dawson
23:15 GMT, 12 July 2012
Michael Dawson insists there will be life after Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.
The 65-year-old was unexpectedly sacked earlier this summer despite leading the club to two top four finishes in three seasons, while his departure was met with anger by large sections of Spurs supporters.
Andre Villas-Boas was officially unveiled as Redknapp’s successor on Wednesday – but his appointment has been met with a some scepticism given his unsuccessful spell at neighbours Chelsea.
Looking good: Defender Michael Dawson (left) models Spurs' new kit
But speaking at the launch of Tottenham’s new kit yesterday, fit-again central defender Dawson said: ‘He [Harry] did a great job but there are always changes in players and managers. In football there are always things happening.
‘He left a great squad but we’ve got a new manager and we’ve got to look forward and be positive. We’ve now got to take the next step and that’s our aim.
‘When you first meet a person, people have reputations but from my point of view the first time I met the new manager he was great and it’s a fresh start for him and every single player.
‘I’m normally running around fields in pre-season but he does a lot of training with the ball and he is installing his beliefs into the players on a daily basis.
‘The new manager wants us to go for the title – and that’s a shared view.
New guys: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (centre) with Jan Vertonghen (right)
‘We had a group meeting on Monday and he says he wants to win every competition we go into. He’s getting that belief throughout the football club.
‘We were in the mix last year, massively. Our main aim this year is to get back in the Champions League.’ Meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen sealed his 9million move to Tottenham yesterday after passing a medical.
The Belgium international is likely to form Spurs’ first-choice central defensive partnership with Dawson next season, particularly with the likely retirement of stalwart Ledley King.
‘I hadn’t seen much of him [Vertonghen] before but from what I have seen in the first two or three days he will be a good signing,’ said Dawson.
‘But we’ve got a big squad. Younes [Kaboul] was brilliant last season. Everyone is fighting for their position. It’s a position where you get roughed up a little bit so you need a big squad.’