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Redknapp - Signings cost AVB

Jamie Redknapp says Andre Villas-Boas has paid the price for his role in dismantling one of the best teams Tottenham has ever had.

Tottenham announced on Monday morning that they have parted company with their manager following a difficult start to the season, which has included a 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City and a 5-0 humiliation at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Villas-Boas took over from Harry Redknapp in the summer of 2012 and guided Spurs to fifth in his first season, but the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have left the club during his tenure and Sky Sports pundit Redknapp says the replacements that have been signed have not been up to scratch.

"After the job he did at Chelsea he was incredibly lucky to get that job in the first place," said Redknapp, who is the son of former Tottenham boss Harry.

"He had a nightmare at Chelsea and then they went and won the Champions League without him, but he finds himself as the manager of Tottenham with a squad of Modric, Bale and players like that.

"Last year he did well with the previous manager's team, but now he's had his chance to do it, it hasn't worked out for him.

"When you get beat 5-0 at home it's a bit of a tell-tale sign. It's not something Tottenham fans are accustomed to and I feel sorry to a certain extent for the fans.

"Having seen the team that was built - you look at Gareth Bale on the wing - and you've ended up with players who aren't in the same league."

Mistakes

Redknapp, who played for Tottenham from 2002 to 2005, highlighted the expensive acquisitions of players such as Erik Lamela as examples of a poor transfer policy, but says Villas-Boas cannot take sole responsibility for those mistakes.

He says technical director Franco Baldini should also be accountable for the questionable 110million summer spending spree, following the 85million sale of Bale to Real Madrid.

Redknapp added: "They've decided for one reason or another to dismantle one of the best sides Tottenham ever had over the last couple of years. The players that have been brought in have been nowhere near the level.

"Where I do have sympathy for him is that people like Franco Baldini have bought a lot of the players in and they are just sitting up there as director of football and they are ok. Villas-Boas unfortunately has to take the brunt of it.

"Sometimes directors of football and managers don't always work. People think it's the ideal marriage, but they both have to agree on these players.

"I would like Andre Villas-Boas to come and tell us now if he was the one who brought those players in because I'm not convinced that he was."

However, Redknapp says there is enough quality in the squad to make the job an appealing one and suggested Baldini may try to tempt his former England colleague Fabio Capello to the role.

He said: "It's a great job for someone to take over because with the players they've got there is still a lot of quality there.

"The first person you think of, because of Franco Baldini being there, is Fabio Capello. Obviously they have a vested interest together.

"But it's not that easy. The young managers you'd want, people like Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone, are in the Champions League. It's not that easy to go and get the manager that you want."