Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Gerry Francis fears for club's title hopes

The current West Brom first-team coach is not sure Spurs will handle the pressure to win the league table.

Tottenham Hotspur are in a title hunt. It is not a position fans at the club are currently used to. Spurs have not sustained a serious title challenge in a generation and will now be hoping to pick up the title come the end of the season.

The club's tireless work-rate and consistent levels of performance have seen them emerge as one of four serious title contenders - along with local rivals Arsenal, shock leaders Leicester City and the most recently decorated title winners Manchester City.

Spurs are now being looked at as many people's favourites for the title - after defeating City at The Etihad Stadium at the weekend.

But one former Tottenham boss fears for them.

Gerry Francis was Spurs boss between 1994 and 1997. Now he is first-team coach at West Brom and a regular in the Sky Sports studio. He told Sky Sports News today (17/02/2016) his fears over Spurs' title challenge:

"He (Mauricio Pochettino) has had a great season at Tottenham. But again, like Leicester, people are coming to them now and saying 'you can win this league' and they say 'maybe, it's a long way a way to go'.

"I mean soon they will come to squeaky bum time as Fergie used to say. The realisation of the fact that we can win this now.

"They haven't done that for years and years and years, been in a position to win the title. As I say that realisaton and the pressure that comes with that is going to be immense.

"They are not used to doing that, Man City are used to going in that run-in do not write them off.

"Tottenham have got to play Arsenal. This championship, which has been fantastic, has a lot more twists to go."

He is certainly right in that Tottenham do not have the recent experience of picking up the title, whereas City do. Arsenal have recently won the FA Cup whilst Spurs are relatively barren.

If however they can roll with the pressure that is set to come their way they might just be able to pick up their first ever Premier League title.

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