Bale backs Villas-Boas
Gareth Bale believes Andre Villas-Boas deserves to be given more time to sort out Tottenham's problems.
It was Bale's summer departure to Real Madrid that triggered upheaval at White Hart Lane, with the world-record fee of £85million being reinvested in a host of additions to the Portuguese manager's squad.
While Bale thrives in his new surroundings, his old team-mates, and the new faces at Tottenham, have struggled for consistency - and Premier League goals - without him this term.
They have scored just 11 times in 13 games in the top flight, and stand 10 points behind leaders Arsenal following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Speaking ahead of that match, Bale said Villas-Boas has the qualities that make it worth mid-table Tottenham persisting with him during a rocky patch that was exposed by the recent 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City.
"I think he should be given time," Bale told BT Sport.
"I think he's a great manager - he showed that last year. They're going through a little bit of a bad patch at the moment but I'm sure he's a good enough manager to pull everybody through, get out the other side and hopefully go on a good run now, catch up the rest and have a good season."
Bale recognised that Tottenham's finishing has been under par.
He said: "I've been watching quite a lot of the matches.
"They've been playing some good stuff.
"I just think they've been very unlucky in front of goal, just haven't been clinical enough really."