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AVB Don't Fear No Sack

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas claims he is more “immune” to criticism than he was when he was Chelsea boss, and that he does not fear he is about to be sacked again.

The young Portuguese manager is reportedly on shaky ground at White Hart Lane, after Spurs were humiliated by Manchester City last weekend.

Certain players at the London club are said to be insulted that AVB has called them out directly for Spurs’ faltering form.

And club owner Joe Lewis and chairman Daniel Levy are said to have grown impatient with the manager’s excuse making.

Villas-Boas could have a few fixtures to get it right and save his job at the Lane, starting tonight in the Europa League against Tromso.

But he refuses to believe the media hype that he is bound for the sack, and says he has a thicker skin than when he was made the scapegoat at Stamford Bridge.

"I am immune right now," he said.

"I used to read a lot into situations like this, into pressure points when I was at Chelsea, but not anymore. I am very indifferent. There is only one [area] that I come under pressure from, which is the press.”

"The only conversation I had recently was two or three days ago,” AVB added of his relationship with Spurs’ decision makers.

“The board is of the same opinion that everything went wrong [at City] and we hope to get some response in the future. It was an ordinary meeting. We only spoke very briefly about the [City] game."

Meanwhile, regarding his apparently crumbling relationship with a few key members of the Spurs squad, AVB refuses to go into detail.

All he says is that after their horrific defeat by City, the onus is on the club as a whole to pull together and make sure it never happens again.

"All of these people were involved in this difficult experience … all of us feel sad and shame for taking part in it," Villas-Boas said.

"The only thing we can do now is avoid a slip-up of this nature. We want to forget about the result but for that to happen we need to get into a streak of wins."

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