Redknapp on Tottenham: Baldini has to be accountable

Jamie Redknapp

Son of former Tottenham Hotpsur manager Harry Redknapp has defended Andre Villas-Boas.

Tottenham Hotspur have fired Andre Villas-Boas following a humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.

The new manager will become the third Spurs boss in the last two years, following Harry Redknapp's exit in May 2012.

His son Jamie Redknapp, former Liverpool captain and now a pundit for SkySports however feels Daniel Levy should have pointed the finger elsewhere rather than Villas-Boas.

He feels new director of football Franco Baldini, who was appointed this summer should bear his own share of the responsibility, with star summer signings Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela failing to hit it off early on.

He said: "Baldini has to be accountable, he sold bale and spent £100 million on players.

"I think the fans have been so short changed, they have recouped the money.

"They now have a team, a squad, which is nowhere near the sort they had a couple of years ago.

"They have ended up with a very functional team with no real guile in it.

"Someone has to say, who has bought these player? This is where you have a problem with a director of football sometimes."

What Redknapp cannot tell is how much say AVB himself had in signing the players he has. With the Portuguese manager at the club longer than Baldini, chairman Daniel Levy had a far easier decision to make regarding the manager than the man who had been at the club just a matter of months.

The players may come good, after all they are talented players who fetched sizeable transfer fees for a reason. Spurs are within their rights to take a look at whether a new manager can get a better response out of them.

However if successive managers strike out and do not fare better, the finger of blame will eventually turn to Baldini, but for now he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

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