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Tottenham Fans: Stop Making Damien Comolli The Scapegoat

ramos comolli2 Tottenham Fans: Stop Making Damien Comolli The Scapegoat

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.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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23 Responses to Tottenham Fans: Stop Making Damien Comolli The Scapegoat

  1. Juan&Only says:

    Shut up you twat.

  2. Osman says:

    Absolute rubbish from someone who does'nt know what he is talking about, How long have you been a Spurs fan? if indeed you are one. When you actually analyse why we are not getting results it boils down to selling our lifeline of the past 2 seasons which papered over the cracks that were there. The squad is completely unbalanced, people are saying there is no leadership on the pitch, well let me tell you something there is none on the bench either. Where does Ramos turn? Tom (Can't run) Huddlestone. Jamie (1 for the future) o'hara. Its obvious that we messed up the transfer window which saw us sell half the squad and leaving the cupboard bare. For at least 3 years us Spurs fans have been calling for a midfield general and a left sided midfielder to no avail, so the board don't respect our opinion? or are they only interested in sell on value? Dos Santos, Modric, Bale, Bentley all brought for sell on value. Why did we buy Bentley and sell Malbranque? when we already have a gaping hole on the left side of midfield. Levy has been caught with his trousers down this time and all true Spurs fans know what his game is. Just to sum up Enic please sell us now! your time is up its a new era in football now, thanks for everything but its time to move on to a proper benefactor who actually wants to build a good club and not a good business.

  3. Dan says:

    This was the same argument used last year when Jol was kicked out – he should be able to manage with the players Comolli has brought in.It glosses over the fact that most of Comolli's signings have been ineffective or not what was needed- Kaboul, KPB, Bentley etc. We've been crying out for a good left winger and a defensive midfielder
    for 2 years now- where are they? Add to this the fiasco of selling off the attack ( although I think Levy is more to blame for this ) then Hey Presto we are, where we are !!
    The only defence for Comolli is that Levy has apparently vetoed some signings as too expensive e.g. Milito, Arshavin? Capel? + the fact that the whole structure is cockeyed i.e. without the manager having the final say in transfers he is inevitably undermined by having to play players he would not have chosen.
    I always thought we would get Martin O'Neill after the Hoddle episode – but apparently Martin turned us down as he did not wish to work under a director of football. Well done Martin!

  4. tyduffy says:

    I have to agree with the substance, thought not the tone of the earlier posts. I think the big name signings haven't been prudent and mask inherent weaknesses in the squad. These problems existed well before Ramos got there. He hasn't helped matters, but he can't exactly be blamed.

  5. JD says:

    WORLD CLASS THEY ARE NOT ! LEGENDS THEY ARE NOT ! ITS PLONKERS LIKE YOU WHO BUM THESE GUYS HEADS UP SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN`T HANDLE A BIT OF FAME YOU TEND TO USE THESE WORDS VERY FREELY TO BELOW AVERAGE PLAYERS WHO WILL BE FLOGGED NEXT TIME ROUND AT THE JANUARY WINDOW , THE MANAGER CAN`T TALK ! THE OWNERS CAN`T BUY ! THE DOF CAN`T SCOUT ! THE AVERAGE PLAYERS LIKE JENAS , ZOKORA , O`HARA , LENNON , DAWSON , BENT , BENTLEY , PAVEY , MODRIC , CORLUKA , KING , AND THE REST OF THE AVERAGE DEADWOOD CAN`T AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PLAY ABOVE AVERAGE FOOTBALL , SO YOU TELL ME HOW A CLUB IS SUPPOSED TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THIS LOT OF PLONKERS AND THEY (SPURS) STILL DON`T LEARN THEY ARE STILL INTERESTED IN MORE BELOW AVERAGE SIGNINGS IN JANUARY LIKE THAT WASTE OF SPACE HESSKEY SO WERE DO WE GO , THE ONLY WAY IS DOWN ! !

  6. Ramos says:

    Spurs were going to overtake Arsenal, in the top 4. What rubbish.

    Im switching my teams to Arsenal or Chelsea, Hope spurs relegate now, Ramos is a total novice when it comes to the Premiership. he should go back 2 spain where he can get away with being crap.

  7. Arsenal Fan says:

    this is funny..
    Spurs fans actually turning on each otha, yeh we always knew Bent wernt worth more than Henry or Eduardo.

    Why is that idiot ur captain, he is seriously crap, Woodgate should be the Captain when King aint there.

    Why is King only playing in Uefa cup. If he can only play one match a week then why dont he play premiership matches. He has played 5 this year and guess what Tottenham have not lost. I dont think Blaming Comoli or Levi is right, all these players where actually good before they came to spurs. Blame the boufoon Ramos.

    O yeh I thought he was going to be a better manager than Wenger. Its time to admit now that you spurs fans like to talk big out ur ass, what happened top 4?

  8. DoublePivot says:

    Chris,
    Comolli told Carrick to fuck off because Zokora was better. He dismantled the core of a team that won 5th twice (which was Arnesen's team) to build an arguably poor squad. I have a lot of doubt to the actual vs perceived talent. He has bought AND SOLD Mido, Murphy, Steed, Chimbonda and Kaboul in 2.5 years. The turnover is incredible. And he forced out a great coach, who he was after two Christmas' ago in order to bring in his guy: Ramos. Ramos, might suck, but Comolli should have known it.

    Comolli is completely to blame, with Levy's greedy antics also culpable. We are not stupidnas you would seem to suggest. Just highly attuned to our club. And we understand why we are getting relegated.

  9. RamosOUT says:

    1)I think Ramos was the wrong guy for us, he is crap, cant make a proper decision.

    2) Need to get rid of players such as Zakora, King (always injured) Dawson, Bent, Pavlachenko, Huddlestone.

    3) Woodgate should be captain.

    4) Arsenal are soooo much better than us, coz they have younger fitter players, so what happened we bought an arsenal reject Bentley (what rubbish). Where the heck is Huddlestone i bet hes eating some thing very fatty. wHERE ALL OUR young players.

    We are crap, n im willing to trade my season ticket in for one at the Emirates, thats how much i Hate this.

    Actually 3 of my m8s have already switched from Spurs to Arsenal, what is going on.

    Thats it Im supporting them now.

  10. PhOBoLuS says:

    You can't drop team because their doing badly…

    As far as spurs goes they are doomed to the bottom of the table until Ramos learns some English. Has the guy ever done a press conference or interview? Hard to manage a team through a translator.

  11. SW says:

    Your obviously not a true Spurs fan … Ramos ???
    Piss off to Arsenal or Chelsea !!!!

  12. NYSpursFan says:

    Ramos clearly has some responsibility here, but the players are rubbish. Most of them have been here since the days of Jol. Sacking Ramos won't solve this problem.

  13. mike says:

    Agreed NY, Spurs have no players. No players = no chance.
    http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2008/10/star

  14. Matt says:

    theres only one thing wrong COMOLLI. he has allowed us to sell anyone with any decent experience outside of Spurs, We have been buying youngster after youngster and now we are left with a bunch of boys as all the men are gone or constantly injured, so now theres no leaders on the field any more. we need two or three captain figures, Richard Dunne from Man City, Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, he is a spurs fan, failing Barry we could get Kevin Nolan cheaper. plus we should get Michael Owen, he would bring us the goals we lost through keane, and also he is another born leader

  15. L GH#;P says:

    BORN LEADERS NEEDED UR RIGHT THAT PAVLACHENKO ALL HYPE,MR RAMOS REALLY NEEDS TO TALK RIGHT,LAST BUT NOT LEAST GEEZER JENAS PURE SHITE,I GOTTA STOP COZ I COULD GO ON ALL NIGHT.,

  16. BostonSpur says:

    I agree Gaffer. Ramos has been in charge of the squad for 12 months. Its clearer than ever after Spurs' loss to Stoke that he is not the man for the job. It's really the two Red Cards that need to be considered. Here is clear evidence of a manager losing control of his team; a sign of a complete lack of discipline and coaching in the locker room and on the pitch.

    The old saying goes that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The 4-1-4-1 formation is not working. He keeps trying it expecting that this time Spurs will score. They won't. And if Pavs was fit enough to play the whole second half, why didn't he start up front with Bent in the first half? Spurs need more not less striking options up front for the *entire* match.

    How about giving some other players a chance? Where is Hudds? Where is Taarabt? Dos Santas? Spurs need to take some chances, and that means taking a chance on players other than JJ and Zokora. Ramos seems unwilling or unable to take such risks or chances even in desperate times such as these.

    Substitutions: Bentley was finally playing with some fire yesterday, but was taken off the pitch. This has happened before when other players are having good games. Ramos keeps putting his strategy above “reading” the players on the pitch. Strategy must be built upon performance, not the other way around. Finally, all this talk about firing Ramos would be a disaster is complete BS. It is *already* a disaster.

    True, Ramos was not helped by Comoli and Levi in the summer. But ya know what, you coach and manager the team you have, not the team you want to have. What's Ramos going to do, lose every game until January because he doesn't have the “right” players?

    Ramos is not personally or emotionally connecting with the players for whatever reason. He is repeatedly forcing a style of play that is not working. He has lost the confidence of the fans. He has lost discipline over his players. Spurs are staring relegation in the face. Ramos has got to go.

  17. COYS says:

    total gibberish. Ramos isn't doing a good job, and I'm sure there are a lot of managers who could do better, but the fundamental problems are:
    Lack of a left midfielder
    Lack of a holding midfielder
    Lack of a strikeforce (having sold one of the best strikeforces in the Premiership)

    There isn't a manager in the land who could make Spurs' current squad compete with the big-boys. Mid-table, possibly. But with goals only coming from mistaken linesmen (Stoke) and killer-balls played by opposition players (Lampard to Bent against Chelsea), Tottenham simply cannot hope to do well. It's the fault of Comolli, Levy, Ramos, and the players themselves. But blaming or driving out any of them will change nothing – we need strikers coming in. I don't understand why we didn't make some free transfers. Didn't Reading just ship out Lita on a free? Better to have a handful of average strikers than Pav (unproven in the Prem, and looks like he doesn't care whether he stays or goes) Bent (doesn't like the ball to feet, so is completely incompatible with our midfield) and Frazer-Campbell (United youngster, who's just here for experience). Surely better to get as many players as possible who are willing to fight for a first team place? But no, the board don't want to pay a player if they're not likely to turn a profit.

  18. john says:

    you are a complete idiot
    despite ramos not being the best coach in the league it is levy and comolli that sold your 2 best strikers and replaced them with rubbish
    comolli and levy were behind martin jol exit from the Lane so we wouldnt even have Ramos if it wasnt for him
    Your an idiot

  19. Matt says:

    Comolli needs to go end of….. i do believe in Ramos, the problem is he does not have a DOF he can work with. its well documented in spain that spurs nicked the wrong man when they poached Ramos, Sevilla’s success is credited to their DOF and not Ramos. So if we want Sevilla’s success at using the DOF system then we have to nick their DOF. but that wont ever happen. So its probably better to cut our losses and just ditch the DOF system altogether. But i would do my best to get the Sevilla man first, you look at their team and its easy to see he knows how to attract players and makes the right choices, they have come such a long way in such a small amount of time, and Ramos’s departure has not effected them in the slightest, so it must be the players and DOF who got them where they are.

  20. BishopvilleRed says:

    Yeah, Commoli can't possibly be the problem. The managers are total crap. Ramos? Who cares about back to back European trophies? They're only UEFA cups, right? Jol? What a waster! I bet his new German club are total pants with him mana…

    What? They are? Top? Ahead of Bayern? Oh, nevermind…

    By the way, RKC Waalwijk, were a solid mid-table, sometimes higher club under Jol's guidance. Two seasons after he left , they were relegated.

    So, I guess the real question is, seeing how Jol was let go so early last season, is this the first season without him, or the second?

    SB

  21. Soyabean says:

    Just face it guys. In order to stay in the premiership the safe number is 40 points. That means winning 50% of our remaining 30 games. And on current performance I just can't see that happening. Not quire sure where the blame lies, more than one person thats for sure. Unless we make some super signings in January or get a change of strategy which includes bringing back players like O'Hara, Tarrabat, or even Ghaly who all have energy and fight in then we will be doomed!!!

    I agree with the posts above which say that Ramo's doesn't seem interested in doing that and also think the big problem is the language barriar. You need to be able to communicate with your team and get them fired up…

    Ramo's is working, but he's not the only one. Get rid of Ramo's, Commoli, and while were at it Levy too! Then lets bring back Jol who on an interview I heard over the weekend said he loved the club and misses them and his old pad in the UK. Remember where he got us for 2 years in a row. I think with the control of the players under Jon we would have got into the top 4, but that will take some time to achive again now.

  22. The Gaffer says:

    If you're a Spurs fan, tell me why your fans applauded Juande Ramos when he was leaving the pitch after the game against Stoke City. What is it that deserves that type of praise, and do you honestly feel that Ramos is the man to keep the club in the league this season?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  23. boldsoul says:

    spurs is money machine first and foremost. winning is second to profits. stop blaming ramos

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