Andre Villas-Boas leaves Tottenham with a good track record to fall back on.

Villas-Boas can point to the ­statistics to prove he was far from a terrible Spurs manager.

In his programme notes for the Liverpool match - when he was missing centre-backs Jan Vertonghen, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul - he pointed out a run of seven points from nine.

He wrote: "We are one point better off than at this exact stage last ­season where we had 26 points after 15 games and ended up ­going on to achieve our record Premier League points haul."

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