New Spurs regime needs time - fans chief

Tottenham fans should not expect their new coaching set-up to come up with a quick fix at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham fans should not expect their new coaching set-up to come up with a quick fix at White Hart Lane.

That is the view of the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, Daniel Wynne, who predicts exciting times ahead for Spurs under Jacques Santini, but conceded it may take a while to turn around the north London club’s ailing fortunes.

Chairman Daniel Levy drew heavy criticism as Tottenham’s nine-month search for a successor to Glenn Hoddle – which was followed by a wretched spell under caretaker boss David Pleat – appeared to have drawn a blank after failing to recruit targets Giovanni Trapattoni or Martin O’Neill.

However, following the arrival of new sporting director Frank Arnesen from PSV Eindhoven and the appointment of France boss Santini, the overhaul of the club’s coaching structure continued with the appointment of Dutchman Martin Jol after Euro 2004.

The introduction of such a radical change to the White Hart Lane hierarchy is, according to Wynne, bound to take some time to gel.

“I think it is important not to put too much pressure on them early on,” said Wynne in an interview with The Press Association.

“They do need to come in and find their feet, it is a brand new league to all of them.

“Progression will be bringing in some consistency on which we can build.

“Yes, we do need to improve, reach Europe which is where the club belongs and start to win things.

“Whether that takes one year or two, that certainly has to be the goal.”

Wynne added: “When you look at the calibre of all three of them, they are at the upper end of their profession.

“The fact Jacques Santini is walking away from one of the most attractive national sides in the world to come and take over Tottenham shows he thinks it is possible [to turn things around] after listening to what Daniel Levy had to say.”

For several years, Spurs have lived in the shadow of their neighbours at Highbury, while Chelsea are now very much the capital’s second dominant force.

Wynne believes this summer’s appointments were not an attempt by the Tottenham board to steal some thunder from their London rivals.

“I don’t think it is a case of keeping up with the Joneses, it is about what is the best for our club,” he maintained.

“We needed to change, to move forward and for someone to come in and take the club by the scruff of its neck.

“Hopefully these three new senior people will be doing just that.”

Santini has already admitted he will be seeking to add to his squad ahead of a maiden campaign in the Barclays Premiership.

Given his ties with the national side, it is no surprise several French players have started to be linked with a switch to White Hart Lane.

Wynne feels the new profile Spurs have been given can only help the team in their search for new faces.

“They will have their own ideas of players they want to work with and I am sure they will bring in some fresh ideas,” said Wynne, who would not be too concerned about having a former Gunner in Tottenham’s ranks.

He added: “If they put on the white shirt and they do the job, I am not too fussed who they are.

“What is interesting is that players who probably would not have given us a second thought last year all of a sudden, following Santini’s appointment, are now looking at the club.”

A revised role for Chris Hughton, currently first-team coach, has yet to be revealed.

Wynne reflected “He has been one of the constants throughout, and you would like to think there is some space for him.

“But the whole club has a new feel and I would not be surprised if, unfortunately, he went as well.”

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