Former Tottenham manager Terry Venables has blamed Dimitar Berbatov for the club’s poor start to the season.
Venables claims the Bulgarian’s ‘poisonous presence’ at the start of the campaign has undermined morale in the squad.
Berbatov started the season at White Hart Lane but made it clear he wanted to join Manchester United. Speculation over the striker’s future overshadowed Spurs’ early matches as manager Juande Ramos was unsure whether to select the unsettled player.
Spurs are currently bottom of the table after making their worst ever start to a Premier League season and Ramos is finding himself under increasing pressure.
“Berbatov kept telling us he had ‘a dream’. Well, good for you Dimi. You had a dream with a few extra noughts added to your bank balance,” Venables told The Sun.
“But did Spurs have a dream too? You got your way but your poisonous presence at the start of the season – the brooding and the reluctance to play – has cost the club that believed in you.”
Venables also believes the Spurs board made a mistake in selling Berbatov’s strike partner Robbie Keane to Liverpool before they had a replacement.
“They thought they were going to get Andrei Arshavin,” added Venables.
“This was a massive managerial blunder by Spurs, especially when they had allowed Keane to leave. But letting Berbatov and Keane go without having Arshavin in the bag was a boardroom blunder.”