of us could have had AVB's success at Porto".
"You always chase people and attack people and you don't attack them from the front you attack from sitting down with the things you write," was Villas-Boas's retort.
"You attack integrity and competence when you don't even know that person. Only when I give you the chance (to meet me) can you reach conclusions like you did."
Villas-Boas's frosty relationship with the media began during his time with Chelsea when he was criticised for the manner of his attempted overhaul of the old-guard players at Stamford Bridge.
He was sacked in mid-season with Chelsea in turmoil but his successor Roberto Di Matteo turned the club around and went on to land a Champions League-FA Cup double.
Villas-Boas took over at Spurs in July 2012 and, under him, they achieved their highest-ever Premier League points haul.
In the close season, however, he had to rebuild the squad following the world record sale of dazzling Wales winger Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Twelve new faces were brought in and early results hinted at a possible Premier League title assault.
Results, and performances, have since unravelled and Villas-Boas has not helped himself with his monotone ramblings in news conferences and his often glum disposition. His handling of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris's concussion was also criticised.
However, it was the look of utter bewilderment on the face of chairman Daniel Levy that spoke volumes during Sunday's annihilation by Liverpool and it came as little surprise when Spurs wielded the axe a day later.
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