Housecleaning Begins at Tottenham. Ramos Out, Redknapp in.
The BBC is reporting that the house cleaning at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has begun. Manager Juande Ramos, Sporting Director Damien Comolli, and first team coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez are all looking for work after being sacked Saturday night ahead of their tie with Bolton Wanderers on Sunday. Clive Allen (Development Squad Coach) and Alex Inglethorpe (Youth Team Manager) will be in place for Tottenham for Sunday’s tie.
It’s a toss up over what Ramos will be most remembered for. Back in February, Tottenham won the Carling Cup with an extra time defeat of Chelsea 2-1, their first since the League Cup back in 1999. It could also be argued that he’ll be most remembered for the poor start to this season that ultimately saw him sacked.
The partnership between Ramos and Comolli never seemed to take off. It didn’t help either that Tottenham sold Robbie Keane and Berbatov in the last transfer window, without adequate replacement up front. It’s going to be difficult to judge Roman Pavlyuchenko this season as he’s played a full season in Russia and will probably fatigue before the whole season is over. Luka Modric hasn’t exactly fit into the system Ramos had at Tottenham.
In the same report, it has been reveiled that Portsmouth have agreed compensaion so that Harry Redknapp can take over as Tottenham’s manager. While it surprises me, I can understand why Redknapp would want to leave. If all the media reports are to be belived of late, Portsmouth are facing debts beyond their control and won’t be able to build their new ground. And in all fairness to Portsmouth, Redknapp has taken the team as far as he can go.
For Redknapp, it’s also another bottom of the table challenge. When Redknapp took over Portsmouth back in December 2005, Portsmouth were in the same situation Tottenham are in now. Can he keep Tottenham up? Only time will tell.
What’s unfortunate for Tottenham and Portsmouth is that this happened so close to their Sunday fixture. However when changes need to be made, it’s best to go ahead and get them done and out of the way.
Thanks to Bishopville Red for tipping me off to this breaking piece of news.