Andre Villas-Boas confident he retains Spurs board's support

Tottenham's Andre Villas-Boas 'immune' to recent criticism

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he retains the full support of his board and players.

Spurs, who were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, are ninth in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.

One bookmaker has made the Portuguese the odds-on favourite to become the next top-flight manager to be sacked.

But Villas-Boas said: "I have the confidence of the board and players and I have to move on to do a proper job."

The former Chelsea manager, who spent almost £110m in the summer as Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for a world-record fee of £85.3m, admitted his bosses at the north London club were unhappy with the defeat at Etihad Stadium - their heaviest loss since 1996.

"The only conversation [the board and I] had recently was two or three days ago," Villas-Boas added.

"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. We only spoke very briefly about the game."

Villas-Boas said he is not concerned by the fact his chairman Daniel Levy has not stated his support publicly in recent weeks.

"That's not his style, and neither do I ask for things like that," added the 36-year-old.

"I am immune [to criticism] right now. I used to read a lot into situations like this, into pressure points when I was at Chelsea, but not any more. I am very indifferent."

The Tottenham boss also criticised the English media. He said: "I was not treated properly by people [in the media while at Chelsea].

"I got various opinion makers and column writers that wrote so many lies. If I had any chance that I was liable to sue, [it would be] something that would give me extreme pleasure.

"But it is part of the job, it is something that I have to take on."

Tottenham, already through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, are in Norway ahead of Thursday's game against Tromso.

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