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Sunday 20 April 2014

Villas-Boas needs time - Redknapp

Andre Villas-Boas, pictured, received backing by former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has called on Tottenham to be patient with Andre Villas-Boas after a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool renewed the pressure on the Spurs boss.

Redknapp was sacked as Tottenham manager in 2012 after failing to qualify for the Champions League and he is not sure that Spurs will do so this season.

But the QPR manager believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy should give Villas-Boas - who also saw his team lose 6-0 at Manchester City last month - more time to prove himself.

Redknapp told talkSPORT: "I think people are over-reacting too quickly. You lose a couple of games now and you're in trouble, it shouldn't be like that.

"You either think somebody is good at their job or not and when you appoint someone you should give them time and let them do the job.

"I'm sure Villas-Boas will pull through it, if you give him time they will come back.

"Whether they'll make the Champions League places this season, I'm not sure, it'll be very tight.

"But it's far too early for people to start wanting to pull the plug on him, you've got to give him time and see what he can do."

Redknapp admitted he was surprised by how easily Liverpool tore Spurs apart.

He added: "I really thought Tottenham would beat Liverpool, they had no (Steven) Gerrard and no (Daniel) Sturridge, but Liverpool were just fantastic.

"Tottenham had a few injuries in key positions but Liverpool were really excellent, their movement was great and they could have been four or five goals up at half-time.

"They ripped Tottenham apart so many times and (Luis) Suarez is just unplayable at the moment, they just need to get some consistency and they'll be right up there this season.

"Tottenham played well and came back after the Man City defeat, but it just wasn't their day against Liverpool. They've just got to pick themselves up again now."

Villas-Boas has insisted he is the right man to lead Tottenham up the table.

Asked whether he feared for his job, the 36-year-old said: "The call to make that decision is not mine, because obviously I won't resign and I'm not a quitter.

"The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on track.

"This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are not there."

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