I know things are bad for Ramos at the moment but surely they can’t be this bad that bookies are now accepting bets for Arsene Wenger to replace him?
Here are the latest odds (from Paddy Power, hat tip to The Offside and F365):
10/1 Bilic, Rijkaard
12/1 Ranieri, Klinsmann, Redknapp
18/1 Moyes, Venables
20/1 Keegan, Jol, Mourinho
25/1 Deschamps, Houllier, Donadoni
28/1 Hoddle, Avram Grant
50/1 Brown, Kinnear
Poyet will probably be the caretaker manager in case things go south, so he’s an easy bet. Apart from him there’s not such a wide field of candidates to choose from. Kinnear is a joke, Jol is happy at Hamburg, Mourinho is happy at Inter, Klinsmann is fully committed to Bayern, Bilic is tied to Croatia till 2010 and will not ‘split’ duties, as West Ham found out earlier this season. Moyes has just signed a new contract with Everton and Hughes is fresh at Man City, Redknapp is doing relatively well at Pompey and refused the chance to join a troubled club (Newcastle) last season, I doubt he’ll survive (or be accepted) at White Hart Lane.
Discounting Wenger, no other ‘currently’ employed manager would jump for Tottenham except perhaps Strachan (Brown has had a great start to the season and would not want to pack things in just yet), and even that’s a very long shot (although if Celtic exit the Champions League then it’s a possibility). Oh yes, there’s the Tinkerman as well.
This leaves us with the following: Rijkaard, Ranieri, Mancini, Venables, Keegan, Donadoni, Houiller, Hoddle, Grant, Shearer.
Given Tottenham’s ambitions (it’s a touchy topic but they still have legitimate ambitions, regardless of how far they are from realising them), Rijkaard fits the bill perfectly. The other candidates are either tired re-runs (Hoddle, Venables, Houiller, Keegan) or not good enough (Ranieri, Donadoni, Grant) or just jokes (Shearer).
So, 10/1 for Frank Rijkaard being announced as the next permanent Tottenham manager – any takers?
In all fairness, I think Ramos will be able to turn Tottenham around and not only survive this season in the Premier League but also put them through a nice run in the UEFA Cup. He needs to replace King on the field and in the dressing room, he needs another striker and he needs a midfield enforcer.
There are some things that he needs to fix in the players’ minds but the problems on the pitch (especially the King and central midfield issues) haven’t been fixed for several years now and you can’t fault Ramos for that.