Poyet: Without a doubt, Spurs need time

Tottenham assistant boss Gus Poyet says Juande Ramos will need time to turn things round after their 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.

After leaving Sevilla to replace Martin Jol at White Hart Lane last week, Ramos' reign at struggling Spurs got off to the perfect start when Darren Bent put the visitors ahead in the 35th minute after Steed Malbranque had capitalised on a Luke Young error.

But boyhood Spurs fan Young was to have the last laugh with the sweetest of strikes - a 25-yard piledriver seven minutes into the second half - to earn Boro a share of the spoils.

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The point may have been enough for Tottenham to climb out of the relegation zone - for a day at least - but with Spurs having won just once all season in the league - a 4-0 victory over Derby on August 18 - Ramos has without doubt inherited a side in need of work.

"It's going to take a few weeks," said assistant boss Poyet, standing in for Ramos because the club travelled without the Spaniard's translator.

"Without a doubt, we need time. I'm not asking for time but it was too difficult to look too deep into the situation because of the few days that we have had to work."

But Poyet, who left Leeds last week to return to his former side, acknowledges assessing what needs to be done is not about to get any easier.

He said: "Now we have another game on Thursday, another one on Sunday and then the international week - when you want to train the most the players are away.

"Where I will finish trying to put everything how we would like, we will have to see.

"We have to use the games to keep improving - we have to make sure that we do the right things during the game."

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