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Bye Bye Ramos… Hello Redknapp!

By | 26th October 2008

RamosTrigger happy Tottenham have axed head coach Juande Ramos, as well as sporting director Damien Comolli and first team coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez. And Spurs have been just as quick in finding their new manager as they have been in sacking their current one. Harry Redknapp has stepped down from his Portsmouth post, and the veteran coach, who has previously worked with Tottenham’s London rivals West Ham, will now take the reins at White Hart Lane.

Spurs’ situation looks grim even at this early part of the season, with just two points taken from eight games, which is their worst ever start to a league campaign in their entire history, and just three league wins since their League Cup triumph in February last season. And despite the clocks going back last night, chairman Daniel Levy had obviously decided that time was up for Ramos.

And whilst the appointment of such a respected and talented manager will delight many Tottenham fans, there is a feeling of inevitability in how Harry Redknapp’s tenure will end, seeing as the majority of Spurs’ problems do not lie with the manager. One of the biggest problems is the leadership system at White Hart Lane, with the controversial use of a sporting director, one of who’s responsibilities is the buying and selling of players. Now, the highly publicized sales of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov may have been inevitable, but if they were so, how come Comoli did not think to bring in replacements of a similar quality or caliber?  They sold Keane and Berbatov for about £50 million together, and yet the players that came in to replace them were Roman Pavlyuchenko and Frazier Campbell. Two twenty goal a season strikers for two  players completely unproven at the top level. This leaves Darren Bent as their only other striker, and he didn’t exactly set the world alight last season, did he?

Then they splashed out millions on creative midfield talent, even though a blind man and his dog could’ve told you that the area Spurs needed to drastically improve was the defense. King and Woodgate spend more time on the treatment table than on the pitch, which is a shame because both are talented players. And what good are the likes of Modric and Geovanni Dos Santos if neither play well enough on the pitch? And David Bentley didn’t even make the bench against Udinese. They sold Paul Robinson for some high profile goalkeeping errors. They brought in a keeper nicknamed ‘the octopus’ for his lengthy arms. At times he just looks like a tall Fabian Barthez. Not a good sign.

Another major problem with Tottenham are the fans. They are not just a fickle lot. They demand success now. They demand success with an attacking football. They don’t accept that the manager can come in and take his time to build the team….No, the manager must do it now! It was a similar situation at Newcastle. I think sacking the manager eight games into the Premiership season is symptomatic of a club that lives with unrealistic expectations. Yet a couple of seasons ago Spurs were 5th two seasons on the run, yet because of a poor early start Martin Jol, the man who built that team, was sacked. He is now top of the German Bundesliga with Hamburg. The poor season start in football these days is followed far too often by a quickfire sacking. But if you look at the managers given the time and support rather than the boot they more than often reap the rewards. Sir Alex Ferguson is just one of many examples.

I wish Harry good luck in his new job. I also wish Juande Ramos good luck in whatever he does next, as regardless of this Spurs fiasco, he is a talented manager. But what Harry needs more than anything is time and support. For Tottenham’s sake i hope he gets it.

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