Poyet: Tottenham players should be embarrassed

Former Tottenham assistant boss Gus Poyet says chairman Daniel Levy is wrong to slate Dimitar Berbatov over his desire to move to Manchester United.

Former Tottenham assistant boss Gus Poyet says chairman Daniel Levy is wrong to slate Dimitar Berbatov over his desire to move to Manchester United.

“Lots of things went wrong and we all have to accept responsibility, starting from the chairman to the groundsman,” Poyet told The Times. “There were all sorts of problems, but the main one was that we lost 50 guaranteed goals from Berbatov and [Robbie] Keane. Levy has decided to blame Berbatov, but I won’t. From the middle of May everyone knew he was leaving, so why blame him?

“I respect Levy’s opinion, but disagree completely. Even before the start of preseason he told us Berbatov was leaving, but he chose to wait. The difference between selling Berbatov on July 1 or August 31 was £6 million, maximum. I know football depends a lot on money, but sometimes you have to ask, ‘How much is six points worth?’ With one more striker I’m sure we’d have got more points and would still be at the club. Levy dealt with the problem his way and it was difficult for us to accept.”

Poyet is pleased with Tottenham’s revival under Harry Redknapp, although less happy at the rush of players such as David Bentley to condemn Ramos, particularly when their own commitment can be questioned. “It’s very sad to see players talking in the press about Juande,” Poyet said. “They should be embarrassed, as they had the chance to talk on the pitch and didn’t do that.

“Juande trusted the players and expected that, as they’re playing in the Premier League, they would be very professional and know everything about football, but unfortunately they don’t. There are a few that do, but I would say that half the team don’t know much about football and you have to tell them everything.

“When I played at Chelsea we spoke about football all the time, but it was different at Tottenham. Some of the players have things too easy. They have the best cars by the age of 21, whereas when I was playing we had to wait until we were 28 or 30. One of the players who is not even 20 recently bought a Ferrari. I couldn’t believe it.”

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