Bentley: Spurs have become a laughing stock

October 9, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley admits the Premier League's bottom club have become a laughing stock as they have claimed just two points from their first seven matches - their worst start to a season since 1912.

GettyImagesBentley scored a wondergoal but the fun did not stop there.

Manager Juande Ramos, having been in the job for just under a year, is under increasing pressure while questions are being asked of sporting director Damien Comolli's activity in the transfer market, allowing experienced strikers Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe to all leave the club in the last 10 months without finding suitable replacements.

''I know people are having a laugh at the fact we are bottom of the league at the moment but it's up to everyone at the club to stop the jokes,'' said Bentley.

''We're not happy with what has been happening. You cannot hide from the situation but what we need are a team of leaders who take responsibility. We have to grow as people.

''We have more than enough good players at Tottenham to get us out of this situation and I give my word that we will.''

Reports had suggested Bentley blamed Ramos for missing out on the current England squad for not playing him often enough and playing him out of position.

Although the winger, who moved to White Hart Lane from Blackburn in the summer for £15million, does not regret the switch to north London and is says he is backing Ramos to turn things around.

''I'm fully behind him, 100%,'' the 24-year-old told The Sun.

''I still love being at Spurs and I don't regret joining the club for one second.

''I know I haven't been at my best but I haven't become a bad player in a fortnight. The manager believes in me.''