Pleat – Villas Boas needs consistency


Former Tottenham manager David Pleat has urged Andre Villas-Boas to stop chopping and changing his starting line-ups in order to get the best out of Spurs this season.

Tottenham are going through a tough run domestically and champions Manchester United come to White Hart Lane this afternoon.

A humiliating defeat at Manchester City last week has prompted many reports to suggest that AVB is on his last chance in North London and he could even lose his job if they lose to United today.

Pleat doesn’t believe sacking the manager is the right decision but the former Spurs boss has urged AVB to add some consistency to his side rather than constant changes to the starting XI.

“It’s very difficult when you’ve got six or seven new players of different nationalities. It’s not easy to integrate quickly,” Pleat told talkSPORT.

“You compare that with Arsenal [who have] only one new player but a very good one. Everything else was in place.

“The coach can only influence and worry about what’s under his remit and that’s the training of the players, the selections and of course, the most important thing, the results. That’s his responsibility.

“The hardest thing for him at the moment is to pick a side that he’s comfortable with and be brave enough to see it through a couple of inferior results because chopping and changing individuals and formations just increases uncertainty.”