Real Madrid superstar and ex-Tottenham man Gareth Bale says Andre Villas-Boas is a "great manager" and has encouraged the Tottenham board to remain patient with him.
Villas-Boas' future is the subject of much speculation following a four-match winless streak in the Premier League - a sequence that was extended Sunday after a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in which his side twice threw away a lead.
The 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City last weekend saw the pressure mount on the Portuguese. The pressure is only increasing since Tottenham, which is currently ninth after 13 games and trails table-topping Arsenal by 10 points, spent heavily in the summer window to bring in an array of new players.
Tottenham's lavish spree came as a result of Bale's departure to Real Madrid for a world record 100 million euro transfer fee, and the 24-year-old feels Villas-Boas is still the right man for the job.
"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.
"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."