What’s most revealing about the demise of Tottenham Hotspur is not how Juande Ramos appears so dispassionate and out of his depth on the touchline, but how Spurs fans are blaming the downfall of their club on Damien Comolli and not Ramos.
In two separate polls conducted by EPL Talk, fans appear to more upset about Daniel Levy and Damien Comolli than they are about the former Sevilla manager. When asked which Spurs manager should have the job of managing the club if Tottenham would lose against Stoke, 58% of the respondents sided with Juande Ramos instead of people like Terry Venables, Harry Redknapp and Gus Poyet.
And when asked who is to blame for the disaster at Spurs, only 17% of the respondents blamed Ramos (at the time of writing this article).
To me, this is astonishing. Take any manager in the Premier League other than Juande Ramos and he would be able to do a better job at Tottenham that Ramos. Spurs have a team of world-class players at White Hart Lane with people such as Roman Pavlyuchenko, Luka Modric, David Bentley, Vedran Corluka, Jonathan Woodgate and Aaron Lennon. Managers like Phil Brown, Roy Hodgson, Steve Bruce and Gary Megson would kill to have players of that calibre available for selection each week.
While Damien Comolli is the recipient of most of the venom from Tottenham fans, it’s simply masking the true incompetence at the club which is Juande Ramos. The club is bottom of the league yet he’s unable to get his team playing with the passion necessary to pull themselves out of the hole.
The dark cloud hanging over White Hart Lane would be removed if and when Juande Ramos gets the sack, and a new manager steps in to give the players a kick up the backside and start playing with a plan in mind. Jermaine Jenas should not be the captain of this club. Instead, he should be moved to the bench based on his pitiful performances and lack of leadership. The list of changes goes on and on, but as long as Ramos is in charge, the future looks extremely bleak for Spurs.
The reality is that if Spurs fans got their wish and Comolli was ousted, the next to go would be Daniel Levy, then the players and then Ramos. Other than help Spurs win the Carling Cup, what has Ramos achieved? The team looks worse than it was one year when he took charge. To be honest, I have no idea why Spurs fans are so reluctant to let Ramos go. He’s dragging the team down so much that Championship football is becoming more of a reality as each week passes.