Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas claims he was 'shown lack of respect' with 'personal attacks' from media after 6-0 defeat

Haringey Independent: Andre Villas-Boas said he felt unfairly treated by the media in the build up to Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Manchester United Andre Villas-Boas said he felt unfairly treated by the media in the build up to Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Manchester United

Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas claims he was shown a lack of respect by sections of the media following his team’s 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City.

The Portuguese said he felt unfairly treated by two journalists in particular, who he named during a defiant press conference after his team’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Asked if he felt he had been shown any respect since the dismal result last week, Villas-Boas said: “No, I don’t think so. A couple of people insult my integrity, my human values, one of these people is sitting over here.

“It insults the success I have achieved in other clubs and I don’t think it’s fair. It’s a lack of respect and an attack on a person’s integrity.”

Villas-Boas has previously questioned criticisms of his management and asked why Spurs’ slump in form has not been judged in the same way as other top teams.

Asked if he felt he was being treated differently to other coaches, he said: “I don’t want to undermine other managers but we’ve been above Manchester City and Man Utd before and we’ve not seen any of these personal attacks on somebody.

“So I think it’s unfair. It obviously comes after a 6-0 thrashing, but more important is the team, more important is the response and I think the players came back in a great fashion.”

Speaking directly to one senior journalist, he added: “You have always chased people, you attack people. You don’t attack them from the front, you do it sitting when you write.

“You attack integrities, you attack competence, you attack the human values when you don’t even know that person and you haven’t sat down to speak about it.

“Only when I give you that chance, and I know you and you know me, can you reach the conclusions like the one that you did. I think the articles were completely out of order – that is my opinion.”

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4:05pm Sun 1 Dec 13

sybrian says...

if Spurs had lost 1 nil there would not have been the furore made by the media since - they have to have something to write about - the Mail and Mirror both don't like the club.
if Spurs had lost 1 nil there would not have been the furore made by the media since - they have to have something to write about - the Mail and Mirror both don't like the club. sybrian

6:52am Mon 2 Dec 13

Rocket Sauce says...

I think it's a fair assessment of some of the sports journalism on show in the country. Most of it is game facts (goals, fouls, substitutions) sprinkled on top of a thick layer of opinion based (read: blogging) crap.

AVB is right, so called journalists criticise and draw conclusions about a person without knowing them for anything other than what happens during a 90 minute football match. While you can feel confident in drawing a few conclusions based on that, you can't possibly speak to the level of certainty that some of these hacks write in their daily rags.

Now, before anyone goes on an attack against me, I don't even like Spurs. I don't care that much about AVB either. But today they are attacking Spurs and AVB, tomorrow it will be United and Moyes. Then, they'll move on to Chelsea/Mou, City/Pellegrini, Liverpool/Rodgers and don't forget about Arsenal/Wenger when they slip up.

The fact is, journalists have become nothing more than sharks circling the water waiting for their victim to emerge and then they attack, teeth and all, without even considering the consequences.

Too bad there wasn't a heavily circulated publication that focused solely on attacking journalists...turn the tables on them and maybe they'd understand what it's like to be personally attacked on a daily basis by people who don't even know them.
I think it's a fair assessment of some of the sports journalism on show in the country. Most of it is game facts (goals, fouls, substitutions) sprinkled on top of a thick layer of opinion based (read: blogging) crap. AVB is right, so called journalists criticise and draw conclusions about a person without knowing them for anything other than what happens during a 90 minute football match. While you can feel confident in drawing a few conclusions based on that, you can't possibly speak to the level of certainty that some of these hacks write in their daily rags. Now, before anyone goes on an attack against me, I don't even like Spurs. I don't care that much about AVB either. But today they are attacking Spurs and AVB, tomorrow it will be United and Moyes. Then, they'll move on to Chelsea/Mou, City/Pellegrini, Liverpool/Rodgers and don't forget about Arsenal/Wenger when they slip up. The fact is, journalists have become nothing more than sharks circling the water waiting for their victim to emerge and then they attack, teeth and all, without even considering the consequences. Too bad there wasn't a heavily circulated publication that focused solely on attacking journalists...turn the tables on them and maybe they'd understand what it's like to be personally attacked on a daily basis by people who don't even know them. Rocket Sauce

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