As Tottenham prepare for another attempt to break into the Premier League's top four after three consecutive failed attempts, one can't help but wonder if former manager Harry Redknapp would have let the club get into this position.
Posting on KICCA last month, Redknapp gave a withering assessment of the club's "disappointing" form since he was sacked in 2012.
Of course, life hasn't been all bad since then. His replacement, André Villas-Boas, guided Tottenham to an impressive Premier League points total of 72 in his first season in charge.
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However, things began to fall apart after the 2013 departure of Welsh winger Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a reported world record fee of £86 million.
Redknapp was spot on when he claimed that all the money brought in by the club for Bale and £30 million Croatian midfielder Luka Modrić was "wasted".
And if there ever has been a Tottenham manager who knew how to spend money, it was Redknapp.
REDKNAPP'S IMPRESSIVE TRANSFER RECORD
Having been bottom of the table when he took over, the former West Ham United boss brought the strike duo of Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane back to Tottenham in his first transfer window - which helped propel them into European contention.
And who can forget the deadline day signing of Rafael van der Vaart for £8 million in the dying hours of August 2010?
The Dutch attacking midfielder helped Tottenham to the quarter-finals of the 2010/11 Champions League and was the club's top scorer in that Premier League season with 13 goals.
NO LONGER THE SAME
Tottenham now have a fantastic manager in Mauricio Pochettino, but even he failed to mount a serious top four challenge last season.
The squad he inherited at the start of the season was simply not good enough - and none of their teams have been since they tried to replace Bale and Modrić without the guidance of one of the best talent-spotters of this generation's Premier League managers.