Bale backs Villas-Boas
Gareth Bale believes Andre Villas-Boas deserves to be given more time to sort out Tottenham's problems.
It was Bale's summer departure to Real Madrid that triggered upheaval at White Hart Lane, with the world-record fee of Â£85million being reinvested in a host of additions to the Portuguese manager's squad.
While Bale thrives in his new surroundings, his old team-mates, and the new faces at Tottenham, have struggled for consistency - and Premier League goals - without him this term.
Speaking ahead of that match, Bale said Villas-Boas has the qualities that make it worth mid-table Tottenham persisting with him during a rocky patch that was exposed by the recent 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City.
"I think he should be given time," Bale told BT Sport.
"I think he's a great manager - he showed that last year. They're going through a little bit of a bad patch at the moment but I'm sure he's a good enough manager to pull everybody through, get out the other side and hopefully go on a good run now, catch up the rest and have a good season."
Bale recognised that Tottenham's finishing has been under par.
He said: "I've been watching quite a lot of the matches.
"They've been playing some good stuff.
"I just think they've been very unlucky in front of goal, just haven't been clinical enough really."
Related Tottenham Hotspur News