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Spurs' first team coach says the current champions have the knowledge and quality players to challenge for the title but still believes his team can put up a fight

Joe Jordan says that Manchester United are in a much stronger position to challenge for the Premier League title than his Tottenham team.

Whilst Jordan, the first team coach at Spurs, does believe his side can be title challengers over the coming weeks, he admitted that the players have to be more ruthless if they are to get back into contention.

The former Manchester United man also insisted that the current champions are in a better position because they are more experienced than Spurs and current top side Manchester City in challenging for titles.

He said: "Tottenham and City won their last championship in the 1960s so it goes without saying it's harder [for either of those sides] to win it.

"United and Chelsea in recent years have proved they are champions and know hot to do it.

"United, who have come in for a bit of criticism, are where they are not just because they have quality players, they have the knowledge of how to maintain the consistency.

"They can look back many times and know they have done it. That comes by having success in winning a championship.

"City haven't done it since the 1960s, neither have Spurs, so it's fair comment for people to question whether you can sustain it. We have dropped points but we have to accept it, get the results and get the consistency."

Spurs' title credentials were recently given a serious blow with a last-minute defeat against table-toppers Manchester City, a result that Jordan admits was a difficult pill to swallow.

He continued: "The City game was a big disappointment. It will be a lot more difficult but football can change in a few minutes like it did at City.

"We are in a reasonably healthy position and there are quite a number of games to come up between ourselves and clubs who will have a bearing on the top four, and that applies to Man City as well, so anything can happen.

"You would like to think that if we don't get stupid injuries and suspensions, that we could put up a [title] challenge.

"We could challenge and compete, on our day, with anyone in the league.

"Champions League is our priority, but we would like to get it by finishing either third, second or first."

With the January transfer window looming, and boss Harry Redknapp currently busy with a court case, Jordan assured fans that it was business as usual with the club and that there could be new arrivals.

"In the past Tottenham have come in with a late purchase and there's always a possibility in football," Jordan said.

"At the moment there is nothing imminent. All of the players are here."