By Richard Clarke

Tottenham's current problems are NOT down to their management structure, according to Arsène Wenger.

Arsenal’s North London rivals have had a horrible start to the season. They are yet to register a win and are rock bottom of the Premier League.

As a result, the media pressure is mounting and some of the focus has fallen on Damien Comolli, the Director of Football who worked as a scout under Wenger at Arsenal.

For all their modern thinking, the Emirates Stadium side have a traditional structure with the manager at the hub of everything.

In contrast, for much of the last decade Tottenham have had a Director of Football recruiting players with a coach looking after on-field matters. Despite the great discrepancy in the two team’s success, Wenger argues there is no right way.

“Anything can work in football as long as the responsibilities are clear and accepted by everybody,” said the Frenchman.

“I don’t really know how it is in Tottenham’s case. But, as I say, anything can work as along as people know clearly what their responsibilities are when they sign their contract.

“Anyway you can not say now that the problems of Tottenham are down to that. Football is a strange thing. When you lose confidence you become average quickly. Tottenham have a good team and good players. I am sure they will bounce back.

“When you are not doing well you are always attacked from the outside. You can only show a close united attitude from inside. If you do not look for the Director of Football, you look for the manager or the chairman. When it does not go well it is like that.

“That is why I say in our job we have to accept we are always guilty even if we are not always responsible.

“Damien is very good that is why I brought him here.

“But, as for the rest, I don’t want to interfere in the situation at Tottenham.”

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21 Oct 2008