I hold no malice against Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Many of you do, but I do not. As a football blogger, I love Spurs at the moment. They are so in this season. They are a constant source of humorous stories. Just when you think the situation cannot get any more ridiculous, they go and lose another match. The sequence begins all over again.
Equally, I hold no malice against Juande Ramos. The guy did a splendid job at Sevilla and spurred Martin Jol’s squad on to Carling Cup success last season. Kneejerk reactions are not always the best solution, but how long does the situation have to continue before it no longer constitutes a kneejerk reaction. Is two points from 10 matches too soon to judge? Do you let Ramos get on with it until Christmas? Surely if you still have only two points at Christmas then you know something is wrong!
The problem is that there does not seem to be an escape route for Ramos. This week’s newspapers will be full of another round of speculation about the Spaniard’s future. There will be more anonymous mutterings from players and “club sources” about his unusual methods. And as if all that talk wasn’t bad enough, it is difficult to argue with the Premier League table which still shows Tottenham are bottom-of-the-table with only two points.
The club has become a laughing stock. A decent measure of just how true this is would be to look at Newcastle United. They too are in the relegation zone. They are still owned by someone who is desperate to offload the club and they are managed by an eccentric mid-1990s long-ball merchant who doesn’t know how long he will be in charge for. And yet the Magpies barely get a mention because all the attention is on Spurs’ underachievements.
It seems like a vicious circle, and one that is difficult to break. The only way to stop it is to put a string of decent results together. That looks totally beyond a Spurs side that has had all of its pre-season confidence drained. I’m afraid Juande’s exit is the easiest way of breaking the cycle.