André Vllas-Boas oversaw his first win as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Sunday but was his usual brusque self when confronted with Harry Redknapp's recent dig at his managerial style post-match.
Redknapp, Villas-Boas' predecessor at White Hart Lane, bemoaned "70-page dossiers" some managers prepare, claiming they would "baffle" their players.
Villas-Boas was charged with scouting opponents when he worked under José Mourinho at Chelsea and Internazionale, but the Portuguese said he found it "very strange" of Redknapp make the reference.
“In the end it's not about the manager it’s about the players, and it’s the players who take us to success. Different kinds of managers have different leadership styles and the way they go about his business," the former Porto manager added.
Don Revie was renowned and reviled (chiefly, by Brian Clough) for compiling dossiers even on referees when his Leeds United team competed for honours in the 1970s, however Redknapp has long been synonymous for his old school approach towards football.
Villas-Boas' ascension to prominence meanwhile has come in a stats-obsessed age, with his previous role under Mourinho an influential feature of his managerial makeup.
Redknapp has yielded just one major trophy in his 29 years as a football manager whereas Villas-Boas won the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Europa League in his sole season in Oporto.