AVB remaining defiant

AVB remaining defiant
By PA Sport Report

16/12/2013 at 07:05

Andre Villas-Boas has pledged not to resign as Tottenham manager, despite Spurs' heaviest-ever home league defeat to Liverpool.

The under-fire Tottenham boss did however admit he does not know how much longer he will be given to turn their season around.

Villas Boas said he has never faced a worse home loss in his career than the 5-0 Barclays Premier League drubbing at the hands of Brendan Rodgers' rampant Reds.

He said he has no scheduled meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, but claimed there is no problem with the board.

Liverpool captain Luis Suarez ran wild at White Hart Lane, scoring twice and having a hand in the goals for Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling.

Villas-Boas has vowed Tottenham will bounce back from this latest heavy defeat, after claiming they had managed to get over their 6-0 mauling at Manchester City.

And the Portuguese boss has refused to give up on a top-four Premier League finish.

Asked how much time he will be given at Spurs, Villas-Boas said: "That's the only thing I can't control, it's not my call so I can't say anything else.

"I have to get down to work that's the only thing I can focus on.

"The call to make that decision is not mine, because obviously I won't resign and I'm not a quitter.

"The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on track.

"This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are not there.

"It's not the points tally that's the problem, it's the expression of the results.

"It's the second expressive scoreline that we've suffered in the season, and we admit that in the Premier League things aren't going in any shape or form the way we want.

"All of us had high expectations for this season, we still have them.

"Again I repeat that we are not far off, but the distance is increasing for those Champions League spots.

"And because of the expressive result it makes it even more difficult for us to bounce back."

Villas-Boas' rocky ride at White Hart Lane was not helped by a tweet from Benoit Assou-Ekotto, seeming to make light of the defeat with team-mate Emanuel Adebayor, who were both at the ground for the match.

Villas-Boas trucked no argument with defeat, but felt Paulinho's second-half red card allowed Liverpool to pile on the goals, and the misery.

Confirming he will try to appeal that red card, Villas-Boas labelled the decision "an extremely poor call".

He said: "I think it was a bit harsh because I don't think there was intention to hurt Suarez.

"His foot was high, definitely a yellow card, but a straight red I think is a bit too much, because Paulinho is not that type of player.

"I think it was an extremely poor call that has an influence, not on the victory of Liverpool but on the expressive result.

"I will try (to appeal the red card), hopefully there can be some sensitivity into it."