Ziege slams Pleat

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Tottenham defender Christian Ziege has launched an attack on caretaker manager David Pleat after being told he has no future at the club.

The German defender looks like heading for a summer exodus this summer that looks likely to include other senior players like Darren Anderton and Gus Poyet.

Spurs face Newcastle this weekend still clinging to the hopes of claiming a Uefa Cup place, lying just just eight points off Newcastle in fifth after a disastrous start to the campaign, with Pleat acquiring a number of promising English youngsters like Jermain Defoe and Michael Brown.

Ziege has hit out at the club's policy to bin off the experienced professionals, saying Spurs' younger stars suffer from football "blackouts".

Ziege told the News of the World: "We lack consistency to go further. Of course there is the will. But the question is: Do we have quality and are we consistent enough to make it?

"When you look at the last points we dropped, I don't know what the chances are of getting into the Uefa Cup.

"It's important to have a certain consistency but we have not had that.

"There is a certain quality but consistency is not there.

"There have been times we've played good football but also situations where some players have had blackouts.

"It's down to a lack of concentration, confidence, perhaps also experience. The team is based largely on young players."

The ex-Bayern Munich star's contract expires in the summer and his career at White Hart Lane has been blighted by injuries.

The former Milan star said the series of injuries could be the reason Spurs were not renewing his deal: "I can't say exactly. David Pleat simply told me it won't be renewed.

"He is the one who has brought in all the young players, mostly English players. He said my contract would not be renewed and that is all."

In other news, Republic of Ireland international Gary Doherty has inked a new deal with the club despite his recent costly defensive lapses.

The defender-cum-striker was at fault for at least two of the four goals Spurs conceded against Leicester recently, while being a part of a defence that has leaked 14 goals in their last five games.

However, with Pleat determined to keep his nucleus of young stars together for the new manager in the summer, he has offered Doherty an extended deal.

Pleat said: "He has done ever so well as a centre-back, although he had a terrible time in our last home game.

"However, I decided it was time to say 'we believe in you, and you have a future here'. I thought Doherty and Anthony Gardner looked a very good combination in a run of games.

"I am pleased because he is a very genuine player who can do okay."