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Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale has told BT Sport that head coach Andre Villas-Boas deserves more time to solve the North London side's problems.
Bale's departure to Real Madrid that triggered a summer of huge changes and big spending at White Hart Lane, with the world-record 85 million pound fee reinvested in new faces.
But the new-look Spurs side have struggled to find consistency -- and Premier League goals -- with only 11 in 13 Premier League games and a ten-point gap to leaders Arsenal.
Speaking before Tottenham's home game against Manchester United, which ended in a 2-2 draw after Spurs had twice led, Bale said the club, rocked by a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City last week, should stick with Villas-Boas.
"I think he should be given time," the Welshman 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 and have a good season."
Bale said he recognised that Tottenham's goalscoring had to improve, explaining: "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. They just haven't been clinical enough, really."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.