Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was left sidelined during the summer market, it has been revealed.
The Sunday Express says some of the summer signings were not driven by Villas-Boas â€“ the Portuguese boss even being overruled on some of his targets.
Not only did chairman Daniel Levy take a leading role in who came in and who went out of the club but billionaire owner Joe Lewis also had a major say, leaving Villas-Boas frustrated.
Ajaxâ€™s Jan Vertonghen was a deal well down the path to fruition when the former Porto and Chelsea manager arrived. He responded by leaving the Belgian defender on the bench for Tottenhamâ€™s opening game of the season.
Itâ€™s believed the decision to bring in French international keeper Hugo Lloris was triggered by the owner Lewis.