Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has hit back at apparent criticism from predecessor Harry Redknapp.

AVB responds to Redknapp

Former Spurs boss Redknapp, who was sacked this summer and replaced by Villas-Boas, over the weekend questioned the approach of managers who use ’70-page dossiers’.

It was perceived the approach would ‘baffle’ players and leave them confused as to what their role was in a club.

But speaking after Sunday’s impressive 3-1 Premier League win over Reading, his first victory as Tottenham boss, ex-Chelsea flop Villas-Boas defended his methods.

“In the end it’s not about the manager, it’s about the players,” he said.


“Different kinds of managers have different leadership styles and the way they go about his business.”

Villas-Boas was otherwise delighted with the win over Reading, which was secured by two Jermain Defoe goals either side of a Gareth Bale effort before Hal Robson-Kanu’s consolation.

“I’m extremely happy with the performance,” said Tottenham’s boss. “The players showed tremendous commitment, responsibility and concentration.

“They understood that we have been working so hard and they deserved to get this first win so the way they came into the game with that focus of wanting to put things in their place was very pleasing to see.

“They kicked out the anxiety and played in such a confident and concentrated way that they were able to express their talents and have fun in the game.”