In his column for The Sun, Venables wrote: "In a time of criticism, we all want to blame individuals. Sometimes that’s too simple. With the sales of Keane and Berbatov, there were so many things that went wrong.
"Among them greed, mismanagement, egos and selfishness.
"Bulgarian strike ace Berbatov kept telling us he had a ‘dream’. Well, good for you Dimi, you had a dream with a few extra noughts added to your bank balance.
"But don’t you think Spurs had a dream too? Don’t you think that when they bought you and helped you blossom into one of the best strikers in the world, you had a duty to reward them by helping them fulfil THEIR dream.
"You got your way but your poisonous presence at the start of this season — the pouting, the brooding and the reluctance to play — has cost the club that believed in you.
"And what about the team-mates you left behind, how do you reckon they feel now?"