Luis Enrique Reportedly Lined Up by Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas Remains Defiant

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2013

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02:  Head coach Luis Enrique of Celta de Vigo looks on before the start of the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Celta de Vigo at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 2, 2013 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Andre Villas-Boas has shrugged off claims indicating he may be sacked as Tottenham manager amidst reports Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique is being targeted as his replacement.

The Portuguese manager remained uninterested during his side's build up to the Europa League clash with Tromso, as reported by Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail:

I am immune right now. I used to read a lot into situations like this but not any more.

I am very indifferent. There is only one quarter that I come under pressure from, which is the press. I have the confidence of the board [and] of my players.

Enrique is said to hold close links to Spurs after he worked with the North London side's director of football, Franco Baldini.

Villas-Boas' future has been the subject of intense speculation since Spurs' 6-0 hammering to Manchester City, an encounter which saw the side fall eight points behind Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

Despite spending over £100 million on the likes of Paulinho, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado, Spurs have only scored nine goals in the division this season.

Villas-Boas has stuck with his misfiring stars and continues to keep individuals such as Jermain Defoe—who is yet to start a game outside of Europe—on the bench.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Roberto Soldado of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after the third Manchester City goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Ma
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The former Chelsea boss has appeared stubborn in his approach and is now being touted to get the boot.

Former Roma and Barcelona B coach Enrique is the man identified as his expected replacement, a man who is famed for trying to enforce the playing style learned during his extensive career at the Camp Nou.

Enrique's Celta Vigo squad are also struggling and currently sit second from bottom in La Liga.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02: Head coach of Celta de Vigo Luis Enrique reacts after his team scored their opening goal during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Celta de Vigo at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 2, 2013 in Seville, Spain.  (
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The Spanish club's record of two wins in their last six games matches Spurs' recent inconsistency, but Ashton's report suggests he could replace Villas-Boas, who has exchanged the English side's attacking philosophy for an increasingly timid approach.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is also earmarked for a stint at White Hart Lane, indicating a belief that Villas-Boas' potential replacement will need to play attractive, possession-based football.

While Villas-Boas' future is unlikely to change no matter the result in Spurs' upcoming game with Tromso, Manchester United could significantly ramp up the pressure if they inflict a third home loss of the season on Dec. 1.