Venables: Don’t blame Villas-Boas if Tottenham miss out on top four

Terry Venables believes the blame would lie with Daniel Levy if Tottenham miss out on Champions League qualification

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Andre Villas-Boas's men host Manchester City on Sunday Photo: Back Page Images

Terry Venables believes the blame would lie with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy – and not Andre Villas-Boas – should Spurs miss out on Champions League qualification this season.

The north Londoners are currently fifth in the Premier League table with six games left to play this season, but Spurs have a game in hand on fourth-placed Arsenal.

Tottenham host Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday as they look to reignite their push for a top-four finish.

But former Spurs boss Venables believes Levy would be to blame should the Lilywhites miss out on a Champions League spot – because of his failure to bring in attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window.

“Do not blame Andre Villas-Boas if Tottenham fail to book a Champions League slot this season,” Venables wrote in his column in the Sun.

“The knives will undoubtedly be out for the manager should his Spurs side finish outside the top four. But I think it would be wrong if he carried the can.

“If the Lilywhites’ season does end in disaster, fingers should be pointed at the boardroom where chairman Daniel Levy’s failure to sign a much-needed striker in January looks as though it could prove costly.”

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