Gareth Bale urges Tottenham Hotspur to stick by "great" Andre Villas-Boas

Gareth Bale says Tottenham will reap the benefits of sticking by manager Andre Villas-Boas through the club's recent form.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has urged his former club Tottenham Hotspur to persevere with "great" Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese manager has seen his position at White Hart Lane come under scrutiny over the last seven days following the 6-0 demolition at the hands of Manchester City, with a string of high-profile names linked with replacing the former Chelsea boss.

However, the Welshman - who hit 26 goals under Villas-Boas last term en route to sealing a world-record £86m move to the Spanish capital - believes that the 36-year-old has what it takes to spark an upturn in fortunes for the club.

Speaking to BT Sport, Bale said: "I think he should be given time. 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.

The North London outfit remain ninth in the Premier League following the 2-2 draw with champions Manchester United in the English capital this afternoon.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad on November 9, 2013
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