Harry Redknapp identifies cause of Tottenham trouble - not Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

When it comes to the blame game, erstwhile Tottenham Hotspur boss should be exempt, argues another former boss. So who is at fault?

Tottenham Hotspur's latest managerial casualty Tim Sherwood is not at fault for the club's failings this season, writes Harry Redknapp in The Sun, as the recruitment policy from last summer is largely to blame for bringing in £111m worth of "bang average players".

For Redknapp, erstwhile boss Sherwood, along with coaches Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, deserve credit for achieving a 50% winning percentage - the sixth highest in the club's entire history - yet the upper brass must be placed under the spotlight as Franco Baldini negotiated deals for players who are simply not up to par in the Premier League.

"The real culprits of Tottenham's failings last season are not Tim, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey," said Redknapp.

"It is whoever decided to spend or recommend spending £111m on a load of bang average players. Every single one of those deals should be scrutinised in great detail.

"There's probably a little clique of about four or five people there sorting out all the deals and haven't they done well? There should be an investigation to find out on whose say-so those deals were done, whose judgment was it to bring in a bunch of players who have not taken the team on.

"This is a sad day for Tottenham and a sad day for English football."

Last season, Spurs brought in Roberto Soldado who has largely flopped, Erik Lamela who has seldom featured (for a combined £52m), while Paulinho, it has been reported, could be sold after just one season.

The only player to really stand out is playmaker Christian Eriksen, one of the cheaper deals of Spurs' summer last year, bought for £11.5m from Ajax.

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