George Graham believes Tottenham will miss out on a Champions League spot this season but does not think that finishing fifth in the table constitutes having a poor campaign.
The former Spurs and Arsenal boss thinks the White Hart Lane club will finish behind Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
However, he says the north Londoners have improved under current boss Andre Villas-Boas.
He told The Mirror: "Tottenham will be the ones to lose out.
"They have a difficult run-in and they have played a game more than the others.
"But I want to stress that it would be anything but a disaster for them to make it a poor season. In fact, I would say the opposite.
"He (Villas-Boas) has been assembling a squad and has done well to be in such a high position in the league and still be involved in the Europa League.
"He can build on that. And I hope he can keep Gareth Bale - for the club's sake and the player's sake.
"It is unfair on Bale to compare him to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He would really benefit from another season in England."