Villas-Boas rejects suggestions of Tottenham sack

Andre Villas-Boas has insisted his future at Tottenham Hotspur is secure after reports suggested he was under intense pressure at White Hart Lane following the 6-0 defeat in the Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Spurs are in Europa League action on Thursday as they travel to Norway to play Tromso, in a match that will be held so far north as to be in the Arctic Circle. Tottenham go into the game top of Group K, five points clear of Anzhi Makhachkala, with Tromso bottom of the table with a single point to their name.

Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, met on Monday in a meeting that was scheduled before the Man City defeat. The Portuguese’s future was not on the agenda, the newspaper claims, but members of the Spurs hierarchy are understood to be growing restless of the team’s perceived poor form at the start of the season despite a heavy outlay on new players over the summer.

Gareth Bale left the Lane for Real Madrid but more than £100m’s worth of talent was signed in his place, including three record signings, but Tottenham find themselves ninth in the Premier League after 12 games, eight points short of league leaders Arsenal, and with only nine goals scored.

Villas-Boas however insisted he was secure in his position. “I have the confidence of the board. I have the confidence of my players and I have to move on to do a proper job,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

The only conversation I and the board had recently was two or three days ago, very, very briefly about the game,” Villas-Boas continued. “The board is of the same opinion, that everything went wrong and we hope to get some response in the future. It was an ordinary meeting. Will Daniel Levy back me in public? No. No. No. That’s not his style, and neither do I ask for things like that.

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