OK, that’s not really what embattled Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas said to a heckling Tromso supporter during Spurs’ 2-0 Europa League victory Thursday night. But the following story, culled from The Guardian’s David Hytner, suggests Villas-Boas might’ve been no match for Robin Ficker.
Villas-Boas snapped during the Tromso tie when he heard Reidar Stenersen Jr taunting him over his job prospects. Stenersen, a 29-year-old hairdresser who supports Manchester United, directed the chant at Villas-Boas in the early stages of the game. When he did it again at half-time and Villas-Boas pointed at him, he found himself removed by security.
Stenersen was told that he could return to watch the second half from the stand on the opposite side of the ground but he declined and retired to the pub.
“I first sung after five minutes that he would be ‘sacked in the morning’ and he looked at me,” Stenersen told the Norwegian newspaper Nordlys. “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.”