Stoke coach Francis: Tottenham not too good to go down

Former Tottenham boss Gerry Francis says his old club isn't too good to go down. Francis, now coach at today's opponents Stoke City, said: “If you sell three strikers — Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov — who have scored about 60 goals for you last season then that is one hell of a lot of goals. “You need to have players coming in who can perform as well as the ones going out. “That’s the problem for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent, because those goals are so hard to replace.

Former Tottenham boss Gerry Francis says his old club isn't too good to go down.

Francis, now coach at today's opponents Stoke City, said: “If you sell three strikers — Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov — who have scored about 60 goals for you last season then that is one hell of a lot of goals.

“You need to have players coming in who can perform as well as the ones going out.

“That’s the problem for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent, because those goals are so hard to replace.

“I don’t think too many people knew Keane would be going to Liverpool but they did know Berbatov was going to leave and it was up to Spurs to plan for that.

“Things are also more difficult for boss Juande Ramos because the fans want style and skill, and they can be very critical. You have to accept this at a top level club.

“No team is too good to go down. It happened when Glenn Hoddle was at Tottenham. It happened to Manchester United. But you have to suppose Spurs have too much quality over a full season not to be involved in a relegation battle.”

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