Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas used yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United as a platform to launch an attack on those members of the press who he believes have a personal agenda. Andre defended his team but also took the opportunity to defend his own integrity and credentials as a manager.
“A couple of people insult my integrity, my human values, my professionalism and one of these people is sitting over here,” he said, referring to the Daily Mail reporters in particular.
“It insults the success that I have achieved in other clubs and I don’t think it’s fair. I think it’s a lack of respect and an attack on a person’s integrity.
“I don’t want to undermine other managers. You can easily compare situations. We have sat above Man City before and above Man United before and we haven’t seen any kind of these personal attacks to somebody so I think that is unfair.”
When the Mail’s Neil Ashton got involved in the issue, Villas-Boas replied,
“You can easily understand. I don’t need to explain. I think you have always chased people, you attack people. You don’t attack them by the front, you attack them sitting when you write. You attack integrities, you attack competence, you attack the integrity of the person, their human values and you don’t even know that person. We never got a chance to sit down and speak about it.”
We’ve all seen the Mail round on Spurs as a club but has Andre overreacted to the situation? While his frustration is clear, nothing is likely to change as a result of his comments.