Former Tottenham boss Terry Venables says chairman Daniel Levy - not manager Andre Villas-Boas - will be to blame if they fail to finish in the top four.
El Tel wrote in the 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.
"Not just to the club’s chances of mixing it with Europe’s elite but their hopes of keeping their best player, Gareth Bale, content and out of the clutches of the Continent’s big guns.
"Whether Spurs can keep their world-class Welshman is the subject of much debate.
"What is certain, though, is that they will find it more difficult to hold on to Bale if they are not in the Champions League next season."
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