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Saturday 30 August 2014

Ginola calls for stability

Published 22/05/2014 | 15:42

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David Ginola believes Tottenham's next manager needs three to five years to be a success at White Hart Lane

Tottenham must hand their next manager three to five years in order to stabilise the White Hart Lane club, according to David Ginola.

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Spurs have been tipped to appoint Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino as Tim Sherwood's successor for months.

But whoever gets the job, former Tottenham and France winger Ginola believes Spurs cannot achieve ambitions like regular Champions League football without handing their next boss an extended run at the helm.

Andre Villas-Boas succeeded Harry Redknapp in July 2012, only to be unseated 17 months later.

Former Spurs midfielder Sherwood took the reins on an 18-month deal in December 2013, but he lasted just five months before being sacked.

"To be successful in the game you need stability and it doesn't look very stable," said Ginola, at an event to launch Heineken's Ultimate Player enterprise.

"I'm not saying it was the wrong decision on Tim Sherwood, I'm saying you can't be successful if you change managers every two or three years.

"You need stability first of all, the same staff working together with a bunch of players, year in year out, for at least two or three years, to make sure they will create this momentum a club needs to get success in the end, that's it."

Ginola spent three years at Tottenham between 1997 and 2000 as well as winning 17 caps for France in a 17-year professional career.

Hopeful Spurs will hand their next boss time to bring trophies to White Hart Lane, Ginola added: "Tottenham did well with Harry Redknapp, then he went. They employed AVB, ok great, you have to take this.

"They spent 100 million last summer, sold Gareth Bale and in the end finish in roughly the same position.

"There was expectation, and fans were delighted to see the club spending money and pushing resources.

"It's a disappointment that Erik Lamela didn't play and Roberto Soldado didn't perform.

"Now they need the right person for at least the next three to five years, that's the most important thing, because success needs stability.

"So that's why I was a bit concerned when they got rid of Tim Sherwood, because he's a young manager, brand new, who had never done things before.

"But he's been working at the club for some time in the academy and knows the club well.

"He's got a good view; he had Les Ferdinand on one side and Steffen Freund on the other, so we're talking about a former Spurs player there.

"And I think at the end of the season, with Man United, with Giggs, Scholes, Phil Neville and all those guys, it looks right, it sounds right.

"But those guys need time, not for them to learn, but they need time to work with the players.

"Louis Van Gaal is at Man United, good, he's going to spend money on players, good, but he's expected to bring back results for the club, so it's a big task in front of him.

"And I think it's going to be a big task for the next Spurs manager, it's as simple as that."

The 47-year-old is working through his FIFA coaching qualifications, but took time to hail a bumper Saturday of Champions League and Heineken Cup finals.

Heineken have produced the 'ultimate player' by selecting body parts from Europe's top rugby and football stars, including Lionel Messi's eyes and Jonny Wilkinson's left leg.

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