Villas-Boas issued a measured response to his predecessor Redknapp’s damning indictment on the dossier-led style favoured by certain managers, insisting it has not prevented his mentor Jose Mourinho from achieving success.
And though Villas-Boas admitted he had not seen Redknapp’s comments he did offer a response by saying management is all about players and not any modern form of approach or tactics.
He said: “I’m not sure if Harry was mentioning that about Jose [Mourinho] but if he is it’s very strange.
“In the end its 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.
“In the end the most important thing is for your team and it’s for you and your players to reach a level of balance towards what is needed for you to reach success and this is what football is about.
“In the end independent of the manager being modern or being old fashioned or old school or looking towards the future it doesn’t matter the way you take it.
“The most important thing is you have to feel your convictions so you can sell your ideas a little bit better and take your players to success.”
Villas-Boas had been the subject of lurid headlines claiming he had three games to save his job yesterday but this was an emphatic response, with Defoe impressing up front on his own.
Defoe has now scored five goals in his last seven games for club and country and . Villas-Boas said: “Jermain deserves to be in this position because of what he’s been doing in training at the moment.
“He played against Newcastle, scored against Newcastle, kept his place against West Brom, always creating opportunities for his team, and scored for his country once again. He has confidence as a striker and we are very grateful we can use this confidence at this moment.
“I am extremely happy with the win because the players showed tremendous responsibility, commitment and concentration. They have been working so hard and deserve to get this first win.”
The only sour note on an excellent afternoon for Spurs is the possible loss of defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto for a month with a knee problem.
This defeat was a harsh lesson for Brian McDermott, the Reading manager, and he admitted their wait of 25 days for a game had been a factor.
Reading’s game at Sunderland last month was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and McDermott then had to wait during the international break.
“It’s unheard of to not play for 25 days,” he said. “But we will benefit from the game and we will be ready for West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
“We played a side at the top of their game and in the first half we were bordering on showing them too much respect. We have to learn from that and move on quickly. I don’t look at league tables at this stage of the season because it’s not particularly relevant.”