Tottenham legend slams Villa-Boas: 'You can't manage a team when you are thinking that way'

David Ginola

Former Tottenham Hotspur favourite David Ginola has backed Tim Sherwood for the role at White Hart Lane and criticised former manager Villa-Boas' defensive mindset in the process.

David Ginola is fondly remembered by Tottenham fans for his sheer elegance and style on the pitch, not to mention the L'Oreal adverts off it. And now he has decided to throw his two-cents in regarding the managerial situation at White Hart Lane. 

According to reports, the decision makers at Tottenham were planning fresh talks with the Dutch national coach as a possible replacement for Sherwood in the summer. But Ginola confessed he wants Sherwood to be given a chance to impress in the hot-seat. 

'You can always bring in the best managers or the best names around, but why don't you trust Tim Sherwood for another three, four, five years?' he told Goal.

'I don't understand that. If he proves to everyone until the end of the season that he is capable of doing a good job at Spurs I don't know why he shouldn't have the job for another three years, at least, and work on things he has been achieving so far.' 

The appointment of Tim Sherwood became somewhat of a shock to supporters, but since he was handed an 18-month contract in an effort to impress the board, investors and supporters, he hasn't disappointed. 

Former manager Andre Villa-Boas may have been the more attractive manager on paper, but when it came to rebuilding the Spurs team following the sale of influential winger Gareth Bale, a lot of his signings underwhelmed. 

Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado amongst others came through the door due to the money Bale's transfer brought in. Yet, the slow start wasn't acceptable in the eyes of Daniel Levy and Villa-Boas was relieved of his duties.

It was a decision David Ginola agreed with and he slammed the previous manager's style in the process:

'Villa-Boas didn't have any trust in his team going forward. So he was in a position where he was playing not to lose.

'He didn't want to play Adebayor, he didn't want to play anyone.

'He had one player in midfield making sure that they would not concede any goals and he was against the wall already. 

'You can't manage a team when you're thinking that way.' 

He went on to praise the remarkable change at Tottenham, including the influential young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who has been outstanding since his inclusion into the Tottenham first-team. 

'They can play good football, they play much better football [now],' said Ginola.

'They have [Nabil] Bentaleb in the middle, with flair as well, and they play with five players going forward. The strikeforce is much better, and I think it should always be like that, looking to score at least one more than the opponent. This is how it should be.' 

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