NO TROPHIES

The last time that Tottenham managed on securing any kind of silverware was back in 2008 when the Premier League club secured the League Cup but since then, they have failed on getting anymore trophies.

Juande Ramos was the last coach which managed on guiding the London based club to European glory and he is now in charge of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk but still offers his insight about the club he used to be in charge of and he expressed his joy about being the last manager which has been able to lift a trophy with Tottenham.

"It is a satisfaction and joy to be the last coach who won a title, the last trophy won by Tottenham but I think it will not be long before they win another one because each year they invest more and have a big budget, they are spending a lot of money on players. They are changing the things that are not working and I believe it will not be long until they win another title. But that is the reality after I left they have not won anything’’. Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos revealed.

Gylfi Sigurðsson joined Tottenham in the summer of 2012 as he rejected offers from Liverpool and despite not having such a successful campaign compared to the team of Brendan Rodgers, the 24 years old midfielder does not regret joining Tottenham.

"People have asked me that, but at the time I was really happy to come to Tottenham, and I still am. I'm really enjoying it. It's a fantastic club and in the last couple of seasons we've shown the ambition to become better. Hopefully in the next couple of years it will be really good." Gylfi revealed.

Liverpool are making a title charge in this season with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge being the main attacking powerhouses for the team and are fighting for the Premier League title along with Chelsea and Manchester City while Tottenham is struggling just to secure a Champions League spot but Gylfi still is happy and does not regret the club.

Bentley was never good to Juande Ramos

Juande Ramos the former Tottenham Hotspur boss has openly admitted that he could not get along with David Bentley when he was their coach at White Hart Lane. Ramos had his moments when he was the Spurs boss and feels that his relation with Bentley was not really good from the beginning itself.

He is now the manager of Dnipro where he is doing quite well and in a recent interview he expressed his feelings when he was a coach of Spurs. He said to Daily Mail that he had an excellent relation with all the players and the staff but he was never really happy with David Bentley.

Bentley’s agent had some acquaintance with Levy and there were reasons why Bentley did not get an opportunity in the first team and one of the main reasons was because they had Aaron Lennon then. Since, he was not given the opportunity to play the agent started to dish out bad things about the manager which was not at all tolerated by the club.

Ramos also blamed Bentley for starting this dirty game for which their relationship could last no longer. He also said that Bentley was unable to understand his decisions and always disagreed with him on each and everything. Ramos in his time gave enough opportunities to Bentley but he was just not up for it. According to Ramos Bentley was just not hungry in the time which was given to him while on the other hand Lenon was doing remarkably well for the team.

The decision was simple but Bentley could not take it easily. Bentley was deemed as the new David Beckham when he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £15million but he soon went off his radar and became a controversial figure in football due to which he finds it hard to stay at any club for a long period of time.

WEST HAM BACKED

Reading striker Jason Roberts has said that Sam Allardyce is the right man for the job at West Ham. The future of the former Blackburn and Newcastle United manager has come under intense speculation after his West Ham team have been going through a very bad spell.

The team has conceded numerous goals in recent matches against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City. The numerous injury problems faced by West Ham have certainly not helped the case. As a result, the club has slipped into the relegation zone just into the New Year.

Roberts is someone who knows Allardyce well after having played with him at Blackburn from 2008 to 2010. He says that Allardyce has enough experience to turn the situation around. The club have a difficult trip to Cardiff city, who are also in a relegation fight. After being patient with Allardyce from the start of the season, fans recently turned against him by chanting for him to go during the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of City. Allardyce will have the chance to field Andy Carroll, who was the club's major signing in the summer for £15 million, very shortly, as he has returned from a long-term injury.

The club has won the three matches since the start of this season.

"If the board and the fans stay supportive, I think he will turn it around. If West Ham had another manager and found themselves in this situation, people would say you need an Allardyce-type manager to come in. Some people might say that he has got them into this position but I would point them to the injuries he has had defensively and with Andy Carroll. One of the main things he does when things are tough is to try and simplify things," said Roberts, who has been at Reading since 2012.

AVB UNDER PRESSURE

Tottenham’s under fire coach Andre Villas-Boas has been the target of criticism after they got thrashed with shocking 6-0 defeat against Manchester City. Much of that critic arrived from the former chairman of Tottenham Alan Sugar who sold the club some years ago.

When asked about the recent criticism he received from supporters as they booed his substitution of Aaron Lennon and about Alan Sugar.

Villas-Boas said: “It is their [the fans’] team, their passion and they don't trade it for anything else, not like Alan Sugar who trades it for money.”

Alan Sugar bashed at Villas-Boas tactics and said that he would like Sir.Alex Ferguson to be in charge of the club, in a radio interview this past week.

Sugar said that he “did not understand” Villas-Boas’ tactics and that he hoped his “good friend” Ferguson could be tempted back into management by Spurs.

The MLS side Toronto has been linked with Jermain Defoe and now reports are emerging suggesting the 31 years old forward that the transfer will be announced later in this month which is expected to be done when the transfer window opens in January.

Jermain Defoe’s season has taken a blow as he is being used as a substitute player behind the Spanish forward Roberto Soldado who seems to be the preferred option for Villas-Boas. Adebayor is also expected to make his move away from Tottenham in January so there is little doubt that the Premier League team is going to be active in the next transfer window trying to find fresh legs and someone that can form a good enough partnership that can help them make a title charge.

Villas-Boas defended his current situation with Tottenham by stating how he had reached the League Cup quarter-finals and the last 32 of the Europa League.

STRUGGLING

Former Blackburn and Tottenham winger David Bentley is struggling to find a new club after his release from Tottenham in the summer. The player has been without a new club for a few months, which is strange considering that he has represented England at international level and he is just 29 years old.

He has recently been linked with a move to Leeds United, but manager Brian McDermott has ruled out the possibility of Bentley joining the club. He has stated that just because the player is available on a free transfer does not mean that they will sign him.

McDermott has said that Leeds have enough players in that position to be able to not worry about it for the rest of the season. He has said that the likes of Ross McCormack and El-Hadji Diouf are more than capable of handling the duties in a wide position. Leeds will be preparing for the match against Newcastle in the League cup. Ahead of the encounter, McDermott will be keen to rediscover the goalscoring form within the team. This has been a major issue since the start of the season. Leeds have made a poor start to the season given their objectives.
They are only 14th in the table after having had only four victories since the start of the season.

'I think David Bentley is a good player, but they're here and in that mould and the last thing you want to do is stockpile players in the same position. That isn't right. If I'm going to bring a player in it has to be one who can make a difference to us, there's no point in signing a player for signing's sake. We're always looking to improve the squad, but I never mention names. It's just complete speculation,' said McDermott.

David Bentley

David Bentley is a professional footballer from England who is currently unattached, having played for a number of clubs throughout his professional career, including Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Born in 1984, Bentley is adept at playing at right wing but is also comfortable at the centre of the park as well as the second striker and at one point, was being considered as the successor to David Beckham in the England national team. He began his youth career with North London giants Arsenal as a 13 year old in 1997 playing through to 2002, but he made just one Premier League appearance for the senior side before being farmed out to Blackburn Rovers in 2006, where he had spent a season on loan from Arsenal the previous season.

David Bentley got off to a flying start since he made his permanent move to the Lancashire club, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-3 upset of Manchester United and he became one of the standout performers for the club as they finished the season in mid-table. He spent three glorious seasons at the club and was a regular goal scorer for the club, playing behind the lone striker and it was during this time that he was called up to senior national side, making seven appearances for the Three Lions in a year.

In 2008, Tottenham Hotspur paid a whopping £ 15 million fee for the player with £ 2 million to be paid later as performance oriented bonuses. However, his spell at North London proved disastrous and he was quickly farmed out on loan to various clubs and returned to Rovers in 2013. However, he failed to nail down a spot in any side and in 2013, David Bentley was released from his contract by Spurs, who paid him off to terminate his contract.

BENTLEY HAPPY WITH ABUSE

David Bentley has said that he doesn’t mind being disliked and abused by the opposition supporters.
While playing for Blackburn Rovers in the match against Millwall FC on Sunday, Bentley was abused by some Millwall fans. But, he didn’t get upset by that.

Talking to the reporters after the match, Bentley said, “I don’t mind these things. You can expect these things to happen when you are not playing on your home ground and I don’t think it’s bad.”

“The supporters should be completely involved in the match. They are not given free entry in grounds. They pay to watch matches. So, they shouldn’t be stopped from doing these kinds of things. If the abuse is not racial, it’s alright.”

“This is not the first time that I have been abused by the opposition supporters. I have gone through this on quite a few grounds and it’s something which doesn’t disturb me at all.”

“Here, it was a little bit more exciting. The crowd kept abusing me throughout the match. They didn’t stop for a moment.”

Blackburn and Millwall will again face each other after two days at Ewood Park. The winner of that match will play against Wigan Athletic in final 4 of the FA Cup. That match will be played at Wembley.

When asked about that, Bentley said, “We are not in the semi finals. So, we shouldn’t be thinking about the semi final match at the moment. We need to win the quarterfinal return leg first and our focus should be on that match.”

“Millwall is not an easy team to beat. They fought hard today and they will do the same on Wednesday as well. That will be an exciting game for sure. Hopefully, we will win.”

REDKNAPP WANTED BENTLEY

The manager of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp, has said that he wanted to have the services of David Bentley, but, he wasn’t able to buy him during the mid season transfer window because the wage demands of the English winger were too high.

Bentley is currently playing on loan for the Russian club FC Rostov. But, his tenure over there hasn’t been that good so far. He had suffered an ankle injury in October last year because of which he had to miss quite a few matches. He has made 7 appearances for Rostov so far in this season, but, he hasn’t found the back of the net even once.

Redknapp had worked with Bentley during his 4 years tenure at Tottenham Hotspur. When asked whether he wanted to bring Bentley in the QPR camp, the QPR manager said, “Yes, I wanted to bring him over here. But, he wasn’t ready to play for us at slightly low wages. We couldn’t afford to pay him what he was demanding. So, we dropped the idea of buying him.”

“I worked with him for a few years. He is a fine player. Although, during my tenure at Tottenham, he didn’t get too many playing opportunities because of the presence of Lennon and Bale, but, in the limited no. of games that he played, he proved his worth.”

If Redknapp had bought Bentley, that would have surprised many people. This is because Bentley had a few controversies with Redknapp when the latter was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Redknapp denied the facts that he didn’t have a good tuning with Bentley at Tottenham. Redknapp said, “These are just rumours. I didn’t have any problem with him. He is a nice guy and he was always very cooperative.”

BENTLEY WANTS TO IMPRESS

The Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has said that he cannot wait to return to Tottenham and impress the new manager Andre Villas-Boas. The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder has been out on loan deals to various clubs across Europe, while he is currently at the Russian clubo FC Rostov.

He has been at the club for the last three months and is expected to return at start of the January transfer window. David Bentley was a £ 15 million signing from Blackburn many seasons ago, but has been consistently overlooked by the former manager Harry Redknapp. Now that he has been replaced by Andre Villas-Boas, Bentley is hoping that his fortunes at White Hart Lane will change.

David Bentley was once spoken of as the successor to David Beckham in the right of England's midfield.
However, his career has nosedived since joining Tottenham and he has been widely linked with a move elsewhere. The player, though, believes that he still has a future at Tottenham due to the fact that they are under the management of Andre Villas-Boas. Hence, he cannot wait to return to the club and show to the new manager what he can do. It will be interesting to see if he will fit in the fast and counter-attacking football adopted by the Portuguese.

“[Villas-Boas] is a very good coach. He’s got new ideas. He was very good with me but after spending a year out [injured] and then having players in front of you, you fall down the pecking order so you have to go away and get fit again. It’s been a difficult four years but that’s life and football. I’ll move on. I came here for three months. It was only 13 games to get back in to the swing of things," said David Bentley.

Assou-Ekotto set for four week absence

After missing the 3-1 victory over Reading on Sunday, several fans were wondering why defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was not included in Andre Villas-Boas' squad. However, it has now come to light that the Cameroon international has suffered a knee injury and he looks set to miss the next four weeks.

Assou-Ekotto was replaced by Kyle Naughton at left-back, with the former Sheffield United defender surrendering his usual position as right-back. The move at least didn't seem to prompt any problems within the team, with Spurs comfortably beating their Madejski Stadium opponents by a 3-1 score line to net a first victory of the season. Should AVB wish to swap things about even more over the course of the next few months, summer signing Jan Vertonghen has had experience of playing on the left side of defence for his country and could be considered an option.

However, for the time being the focus will be getting Assou-Ekotto back to full fitness as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the problem may not heal by itself and there is the chance that the 28-year-old could need surgery. Speaking about the injury, AVB said, "Benoit has a small fragment in his knee that makes it swell a lot. He has played through pain in the last couple of games. His knee may have to be washed out and if that happens we are looking at a four-week absence."

The news of Assou-Ekotto's injury will certainly be a huge blow to Spurs, who have relied on the former Lens man as their first choice left back for the past four campaigns. After joining in the summer of 2006, the player soon made the position his own and he's never looked back. He is considered as one of the best attacking full backs in the top flight and it’ll be interesting to see how the club cope with his absence on the left during the next few weeks.