Spurs’ woeful start to the season has heaped pressure on two key figures at White Hart Lane. The players might be taking some of the flak, but they are not likely to lose their jobs over the team’s current relegation form.
No, it is the off-field personalties who face the chop. Fairly obviously the man with dagger hanging closest to his cranium is Juande Ramos. The Spaniard has overseen the club’s first silverware in a decade but also their worst start to a season in 53 years. On current form, it is difficult to see the ex-Sevilla boss lasting beyond October in his post.
But while the temptation is to go straight for the manager, the relatively continental set-up at White Hart Lane means that Damien Comolli is just as likely a candidate for the chop. The director of football has overall responsibility for scouting among other things, so he has to take a portion of the blame for this summer’s transfer flops. Another line of attack which many Spurs fans are taking is that Comolli is the thread that runs between the disappointment of the final days of Martin Jol’s tenure and the man currently in the hot-seat. Ramos had no hand in the failings of the Jol regime, but Comolli certainly did.
Comolli is undoubtedly Daniel Levy’s man, which means he is less likely to get the shove. The two clearly have a close relationship and Levy will be reluctant to admit that his ally is part of the problem. Also, while Spurs are clearly having serious problems at the moment, there is a great deal of class in their squad. They should not be bottom of the table with the personnel they have available, and it is Ramos who must take ultimate responsibility for sending out 11 players capable of winning football matches. That is not happening at the moment.
So, it is time to play Alan Sugar. Which one would you fire? Do they both deserve more time or do they both have to go?