Terry Venables has been speaking of the problems that Tottenham Hotspur are facing at the moment.
The North London outfit are currently 12th in the Premier League table with 14 points from 11 matches, just five points above the relegation zone and four behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
Tottenham are a big club, but they have persistently failed to break into the top four of the Premier League.
This season was supposed to be different following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the Spurs manager in the summer, but things are not going according to plan.
Venables, a former Tottenham player and manager, has now urged the players to look at Chelsea and learn from the London club's stars how they have coped with managerial changes over the years.
‘You have got to find the spark and it could come from anywhere’, Sky Sports quotes him as saying. ‘It could come from the captain, it could come from the manager, it could come from the owner.
‘Chelsea is a great example of a lot of managers… Even when they were off and they had not replaced them, the spark had come from the players’
Venables has a point. If the Chelsea players could it, why can’t the Tottenham stars?
Over the years, Tottenham have had a number of managers with different philosophies, and the players have struggled to cope with them.
Chelsea, too, have changed managers, but perhaps the main difference is that the London outfit always had better and more world-class players.
Tottenham have a number of superb players and some truly talented ones, but there are a number of players who are simply not good enough for a Premier League club aiming to play Champions League football.
It is always easy to point the finger at the manager when things are going wrong, but there is so much he can do with average players...