Pleat pleads with Carr to stay
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carr is one of the longest serving players in the Spurs ranks and Pleat is keen for the Irishman to put his experience to the club's use.
The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his present contract but hinted during the summer he may be forced to quit White Hart Lane to fulfil his ambitions.
The current crisis in North London is unlikely to tempt the Republic of Ireland international in to extending his stay as he is eager to play European football on a regular basis.
But Pleat is desperate for the right back to remain at Spurs and feels if the club can climb up the Premiership ladder, it will aid his quest to talk Carr round.
"If the team does better and he sees some light, he might want to stay," Pleat told The Evening Standard.
"He's been with us since he was 14 and we need his leadership."
Pleat is having to combine his role as Spurs' director of football with the job of caretaker manager in the wake of Glenn Hoddle's sacking and he is playing an active part in selecting a successor.
He admits he has an idea on who the club should appoint and is ready to use all his managerial wiles to help bring the glory days back to White Hart Lane.
"I have a view about the new manager and I'll give my view to the board," continued Pleat.
"I'm here to give them advice when they ask for it and to help the manager, whoever that might be, in any way I can."