Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has admitted the loss of star strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov to Liverpool and Manchester United, for a combined total of more than £51m, was a major factor behind his sacking.
“The exit of Berbatov and Keane, important for their human qualities and scoring ability, was too hard a blow for the squad.
We had a hard pre-season which stopped us from working with the tranquility summer preparation needs.
The young age of some of the signings, despite their quality, means they needed some time to adapt and mature, which because of the urgency of the competitions they have not yet been awarded.
All this triggered a situation which I hope will be turned around as soon as possible because the club and fans deserve it.
Therefore, now that I say goodbye, I want to express my enormous gratitude to the Spurs fans for their excellent welcome, their respect, their kindness and even their constructive criticism.
They have made me happy for many months and I’m only sorry I haven’t been able to offer them more great evenings like the Carling Cup win at Wembley.
We arrived with the highest hopes to a team in the relegation zone, in a situation similar to that which is found at the moment, and we had a good start which saw us get to the middle of the table.
Furthermore, we were able to qualify for Europe when it seemed almost impossible. We achieved it with a great effort on the part of all the team despite the enormous difficulties that we had.
We also achieved the difficult challenge of lifting a title, which, after nine years without tasting success, was an enormous joy for all the club and the fans.
For this, we can catalogue last season as tremendously successful.”
Manager suffers for the owner’s mistakes? Where have we heard that before?