West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes that Tottenham chief Andre Villas-Boas acted ‘immaturely’ by criticising recent media treatment of himself and his team.

The Portuguese chief has found himself in the line of fire in recent weeks following Spurs’ faltering form and problems in front of goal.

With just 11 strikes to their name, Tottenham have one of the worst attacking records in the Premier League so far this term, which has led to questions regarding AVB’s abilities being raised after he oversaw a £110m rebuild of his squad during the summer.

Allardyce – who has also been under pressure recently – feels that Villas-Boas acted childishly and should have instead used the criticism to spur his team along:

“You have to use the criticism as a motivational drive to show these people that they are wrong, you’ve got to take it on the chin.” He is quoted by The Guardian.

“You, and your players, have got to do your talking on the field. I think he’s just showed a little bit of immaturity. It can get under your skin, but you’ve can’t let that happen because you’re not going to win.”

AVB demanded a greater level of respect from the press after his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United over the weekend – a result that leaves the Lilywhites in ninth:

“A couple of people insult my integrity, my human values, my professionalism … insult the success that I have achieved in other clubs and I don’t think it’s fair. I think it’s a lack of respect and an attack on a person’s integrity,”

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