When Daniel Levy leaves his post as Tottenham chairman, his legacy will be one of half-chances, unfulfilled ambitions and horrible timing.
What Spurs get right – Ramos was a good choice at the time to replace Jol, and Redknapp is a good choice to replace Ramos – they screw it up by mistiming the event. Jol was axed too late, Ramos too early and in both cases the fundamental problem – squad imbalance – wasn’t rectified.
Still, there’s hope – with Comolli gone it will be interesting to see what Tottenham do to fill his position and whether they choose to give Redknapp control over selection of transfer targets.
Official Tottenham statement:
“The Club can announce that Damien Comolli, Sporting Director, Juande Ramos, Head Coach and First Team Coaches, Marcos Alvarez and Gus Poyet, have left the Club, with immediate effect. We wish them well.
Clive Allen, Development Squad Coach, and Alex Inglethorpe, Youth Team Manager, will take charge for Sunday’s League match against Bolton.”
“I’ve had a great time at Portsmouth and we’ve had an unbelievable, successful time over the six years I’ve been here.
But Tottenham made a fantastic offer to Portsmouth and it was difficult.
It was a lot of money – I think £5m, crazy money, really. Pompey couldn’t sell a player in the [transfer] window so we sell the manager.
I am a big follower of the history of the game and Tottenham have been a great club over the years.
I followed Tottenham, I trained there as an 11-year-old, 12-year-old so I know the history of the club. It is a big, big, club.
It is a club that has massively underachieved this year – to be sitting there with two points and, let’s be honest, in a real desperate situation, a relegation battle.
There’s a lot of quality players there that obviously haven’t done as well as they should have done.
You don’t end up with two points from eight games if you’re doing what you should be doing.
So they need to start performing as I know they can. Whether it’s confidence or whatever, it’s up to me to go in and try to get the best out of them players.”
Good luck to Juande Ramos and Gus Poyet, wherever they go next (Atletico Madrid? Newcastle? QPR?). Hopefully Pompey can find a replacement quickly and don’t suffer too much as a result of this move, although one expects players to be moving this January as a result.
And good luck to Tottenham – if Redknapp can’t ‘turn things around’, it’s not going to be a pretty fall for White Hart Lane.
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