Naybet surprised with Santini
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Noureddine Naybet says that the club are better off after Jacques Santini's departure.Noureddine Naybet has admitted that the departure of Jacques Santini from Tottenham in November was a surprise.
The former French international boss departed White Hart Lane in a shock move, ostensibly due to personal problems, allowing Martin Jol to step up from his assistant duties.
Now veteran defender Naybet has conceded that Santini's departure was unexpected at the North London side, and declared that the club are now better off for Jol's appointment.
The Dutchman has led something of a renaissance at Spurs, and his Moroccan star has revealed that allowing the squad extra time to gel as a unit has improved their form.
Since the arrival of Frank Arnesen as sporting director in the summer Spurs have seen their playing staff undergo a massive overhaul, and Naybet believes they have the makings of a successful squad as a result.
"The truth is that it did [surprise me], nobody could have predicted that it would happen, but this is the kind of thing that can happen in the world of football," Naybet told Don Balon.
"Now we are much better, much stronger. Everyone here is much more motivated because at the start we had a great mixture of new players and we needed time to get to know each other.
"Tottenham is one of the great English clubs, but it has been a long time since they have enjoyed much success, now is the time that we get back to winning things on a regular basis."
As part of the White Hart Lane revolution, supremo Daniel Levy has invested heavily in young English defensive talent, bringing in Calum Davenport and Michael Dawson, with Derby's Tom Huddlestone to arrive in the summer.
Naybet has rejected any talk of competing with the young stars, and sees himself as a mentor to the upcoming talents at the North London outfit.
"I do not think it is a competition with these players. With my experience I can help them, I do not think that the fact they have signed affects what I do at all."