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Tottenham Hotspur's Portugese manager Andre Villas-Boas (R) gestures beside Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane in London on December 1, 2013. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VI | IAN KINGTON via Getty Images

André Villas-Boas showcased his erratic behaviour at Tottenham during a slanging match with a "disrespectful" journalist.

Three days after he had a Tromsø supporter ejected for goading him with the "You're getting sacked in the morning" chant, Villas-Boas insisted two members of the media had an "agenda" with him during an interview with BT Sport.

At the post-match press conference following Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Manchester United, he referred to the pair of journalists by their first names.

Villas-Boas took exception to articles written by Daily Mail journalists Neil Ashton and Martin Samuel in the week after Spurs' 6-0 defeat at Manchester City. Ashton was sat in the front row at his press conference and Samuel ghosted former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp's recent autobiography.

When asked to expand on his "agenda" comment, Villas-Boas obliged.

"I think it's pretty clear, I don't need to explain that. People insult my integrity and professionalism and some of these people are here, and they insult what I have achieved at other clubs. I think it is a lack of respect. It is an attack on a person's integrity."

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Villas-Boas took umbrage with how "personal" the attacks were, and compared his treatment to that of David Moyes' f, when United lost three of their opening six league matches.

"I don't want to undermine the manager but I think if you compare the situation, we haven't seen any kind of these personal attacks, so I think that is unfair. But it's something that comes with a 6-0 thrashing."

Ashton then asked Villas-Boas to reveal which person present he was talking about.

"You have always chased people, you have attacked people. You have attacked the integrity, you have attacked the incompetence and you have attacked the integrity of the person, when you don't even know that person. You haven't had a chance to sit down and speak about it so only when I give you that chance will you. Yours and Martin's articles were completely out of order. That is my opinion."

Ashton then responded: "I am entitled to my opinion," which prompted Villas-Boas to briefly backtrack, as he "respected" the writer's rights.

Villas-Boas added his comments about how "ashamed" Tottenham should be at losing 6-0 to City were twisted, which Ashton sought clarification about.

"I never said the players should, I said 'we'. That includes me. Every time."

"When you say 'We should feel ashamed of ourselves' you're including yourself?" Ashton asked.

"Obviously. Don't you think? We is us. We is us. We are everybody at the club."

Villas-Boas elected not to have a swipe at Tottenham predecessor Harry Redknapp, who said Spurs looked "like a bunch of strangers" at City. However, in another interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, he criticised former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar, who said he was "baffled" by the Portuguese's management midweek.

"It's their team, their passion and they don't trade it for anything else, not like Alan Sugar who trades it for money."