Former Tottenham coach Joe Jordan: Andre Villas-Boas needs time

Spurs' former assistant coach believes the team have been unlucky in their opening fixtures and that the new boss and his summer signings require an adjustment periods
Ex-Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan urged the club’s fans to support Andre Villas-Boas as he attempts to rebuild the side following several squad changes late in the transfer window.

The former Scottish international forward was Spurs’ assistant manager for the last three-and-a-half seasons under Harry Redknapp, who was dismissed and replaced by the Portuguese manager over the summer.

After protracted negotiations lasting until the new season had started, Emmanuel Adebayor arrived at the club, while playmaker Luka Modric left for Real Madrid and was replaced by Moussa Dembele from Fulham.

Villas-Boas also added goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, center back Jan Vertonghen and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson, with Rafael van der Vaart leaving the club, and Jordan insisted the manager would need time to form an understanding among the new squad.

"He has got some good players there, some very good players, and he has bought in players that he wanted, so you have got to let it gel together," he told Talksport.

"It is not going to happen overnight, especially players coming from abroad. They take time to settle, not just on the field but off it. It takes a bit of time."

Spurs have picked up two points from their opening three Premier League games, losing 2-1 away to Newcastle and then conceding late goals in each of two 1-1 draws at White Hart Lane against West Brom and then Norwich, but Jordan believed the North London side were unfortunate.

"I thought Spurs were the better team at Newcastle. They didn't get the goals and that is so important," he commented.

"The two home games there was a pressure on and the way that they conceded the goals towards the end was disappointing."