Scott Parker believes Tottenham's season will be a failure if they do not qualify for the Champions League.
The north London side was touted as title challengers as it enjoyed an eleven-match unbeaten run and contested with the two Manchester clubs at the top of the table towards the end of 2011.
Spurs' campaign seems to have imploded, however, with a bad run of form seeing them slip behind fierce rivals Arsenal and crash to a 5-1 defeat by Chelsea in their FA Cup semifinal.
"If we don't end up fourth we will have failed as a squad," Parker told reporters. "We've had a fantastic ride this year and we've dipped, that's obvious. Even our own manager is probably doubting us a little bit at the moment. Others [are] too, like our own fans."
Tottenham's decline has occurred at the same time the England managerial position has become available, and with Harry Redknapp the bookmakers favorite to take the job, many have questioned the impact this has had on the squad.
"Has the speculation about the manager affected us? I wouldn't like to think it had," Parker said. "It's probably a combination of a few things - dip in form, a bit of tiredness, but we need to try to stay mentally strong and grind it out now."
Chelsea was awarded a controversial second goal in their FA Cup semifinal clash, but video replays reveal the ball didn't cross the line and Parker is hoping the event will act as catalyst and help motivate the players to end the season strongly.
"Something like yesterday's result might just kick us on," said the 31-year-old. "We can try to get that siege mentality. We need to stand up and be counted and show the fans and show the manager that we're going to try to end up in fourth place.
"We've had a few hard-luck stories but we can't look back at those now. We have five games left and we need to win those. We haven't got 20 games left where we can sit down and analyze where we're going wrong. We need to try to stay positive and grind out the rest of the season and get fourth."
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