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“Spurs have reached a ceiling in terms of fourth place”
Last season saw Tottenham miss out on Champions League qualification despite finishing in fourth place. The summer has already seen them part with manager Harry Redknapp. And with rumours that Luka Modric wants out refusing to go away, footballer-turned-journalist Adrian Clarke believes another fourth-place finish is the most that Spurs can expect to achieve next season.
“I tend to think that Spurs have reached a ceiling in terms of fourth place,” he says. “If they couldn’t grab third last season, I don’t know when they’ll next be in a position to be that high in the league table. With the likes of Modric and Gareth Bale there, at their peak, they still didn’t make it. And now you suspect that one or both of them will go.”
And despite André Villas-Boas remaining the favourite to succeed Redknapp as Tottenham manager, Adrian suspects that Laurent Blanc might be the more likely candidate if the north Londoners are prepared to wait until his involvement in Euro 2012 is over.
“From what I gather, AVB is the one doing the running, he’s doing the chasing. His agent is very keen to put his name in the mix. Laurent Blanc can’t do anything until France are out of the Euros. If Spurs are going to play a patient game I’d definitely make Blanc the favourite.”
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