Imagine for a few moments how you would feel if your boss at work was sacked.

For many it might be a relief to get rid of an oppressive personality. For some it could be indifference, as long as things keep ticking over and the pay-slip reads well. For others it might be an opportunity to step up and become the boss themselves.

For many, though, there might be a tremendous feeling of loss, disillusionment and demotivation. Imagine you have collectively started a project, bonded in the pursuit of its goal and shared the joy of relative success, only for it to be binned by the man at the top; the man you've seen once or twice, who doesn't understand what you made together, who just wants the numbers to work.

How would you feel? Like you want out? Who could blame you? Is this how Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen feel about what has happened at Tottenham and their futures at the club? If it is, can you blame them?

In his haste to have rid of Andre Villas-Boas, the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy may well have cost his club Champions League football not just this season but for many more to come. Vertonghen and Lloris are both strongly rumoured to be questioning their futures at the club and, reportedly, may look to leave if Spurs do not finish in the top-four. Should they do so, it would arguably be as big a blow as the loss of any of their key players over the past decade, and the loss of key players is arguably the principle reason behind their consistent shortcomings on the pitch.   

Yes, Levy's decision to sack Villas-Boas could have very long-lasting repercussions indeed. The sense of deja vu between this and the dismissal of Juande Ramos in 2008 is stark, even without Tim Sherwood sounding like Harry Redknapp's illegitimate son, but could have even greater consequences. Each Tottenham fan's face is starting to bear a striking resemblance to Bill Murray's.

This sense of repetition in Levy's business plan, his treatment of managers, and therefore in Tottenham's failure to consistently finish in the top four or win any honours, was highlighted by Ramos himself in a recent interview with The Guardian that suggests it will be Groundhog Day in N17 for some time to come.

“I accepted [former sporting director Damien] Comolli's players, who I hadn't proposed. That was a mistake,” Ramos said. Reportedly, Villas-Boas was also forced to accept players he did not propose last summer, after Levy and technical director Franco Baldini failed to acquire the ones he did.

“The [Tottenham business] idea is to sign players, see if they take off, sell and reinvest,” Ramos continued. During Levy's tenure, all of Tottenham's players who have arguably “taken off” since their arrival have been sold and a profit made on most. They made over £20million on Dimitar Berbatov, £17million on Luka Modric, £12million when Robbie Keane was sold to Liverpool and even Jermain Defoe was sold off to Portsmouth when the price was right.

AVB also felt this with full force. Bale was undoubtedly the ultimate successful investment for Levy, bought for £5million from Southampton as a teenager and sold as a global icon for a world record £86million. Ramos says the plan is fine if you are trying to win money and not titles but that Tottenham “think the economic model enables the sporting model to function, but that's not always true”. Year after year, profits have been excellent but footballing success at a loss. Tottenham have won only the League Cup and played Champions League football once in Levy's time.

”You can't demand something that doesn't fit the reality,” Ramos added. The reality for Tottenham is this: will they be playing Champions League football next season? Unlikely. Will Levy sell Vertonghen and Lloris for a profit if they wish to leave? Almost certainly. And so the puddle keeps splashing Spurs fans in the face.