Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, a former Spurs player and coach, also thinks Villas-Boas did not get the time he needed to mould his team.
"Nothing surprises me in football. Now, it's not nice. From the managers' point of view no, it is not nice.
We always want time, especially when you have just made a new team with plenty of new faces. Without any doubt, you need time.
But I don't know the reasons, so it's difficult to analyse."