Almost as if there was some kind of one-year non-disclosure agreement in place after he left Tottenham Hotspur, Andre Villas-Boas has waited 366 days to launch a scathing attack on his former employers.
The Portuguese manager left Spurs in December last year after a mixed start to the season had seen his team thrashed by both Liverpool and Manchester City.
His spell White Hart Lane was not anywhere near the disaster Villas-Boas experienced at Chelsea, but it was enough for most people to rule him out as a manager who deserved another shot at a big club in England.
However, in the time since, the former Porto man has rebuilt his career quickly with Zenit St Petersburg, who are seven points clear at the top of the Russian Premier League.
Villas-Boas’ tenure at Zenit seems to have been enough to catch Liverpool’s eye, and the 37-year-old is the 5/1 favourite to replace the under-fire Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
Now with the Portuguese able to give his own account of what went wrong at Spurs, is it time for a thorough re-evaluation of his stint in north London?
Firstly, it is certainly worth repeating the fact that with 72, the Lilywhites recorded their highest ever Premier League points tally under Villas-Boas in 2012/13, also setting a new standard for the most accrued by a team that didn’t make the top four.
Perhaps, more pertinently, the Zenit boss also claimed that the helter-skelter summer Spurs went through in 2013 was far from his idea, and that he never received the players he asked for.
Having seen Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale all leave during his tenure, Villas-Boas apparently named several targets that Spurs then failed to sign, instead providing him with a slew of players he didn’t want.
Joao Moutinho, Willian, Oscar and Leandro Damiao were all players identified by the then Spurs manager, but the club didn’t manage to bring in any of them.
Instead Villas-Boas had to work with players he did not choose, that did not fit his style of play.
Spurs have been quick to refute this account, but the appointment of Franco Baldini last term certainly seemed to have made more of an impact on their transfer business than Villas-Boas’ requests.
However, any idea that things would be any better at Liverpool is a strange one, as the Reds also have a transfer committee that reduces the role of the manager in their dealings.
Furthermore, Villas-Boas was hardly given a squad full of semi-pros, and it is fair to say some of targets were unrealistic, especially once Chelsea got in on the action with Oscar and Willian.
All in all, the Zenit boss’ account of his time at Spurs fits with a dim view of the boardroom at White Hart Lane shared by many fans, and he could still prove a success at an English club, but the 37-year-old must also retain a share of the blame for his departure from the club.