In today’s current climate of football managers getting sacked just a handful of games into a season, you fear for Juande Ramos, who presided over yet another Tottenham defeat at Stoke on Sunday. Gareth Bale’s red card left the visitors with an uphill struggle, and the bookmakers make Spurs 3/1 to be relegated this season, something that was unthinkable back in August.
The Sun reports that the Spaniard has found an unlikely ally in the form of Stoke manager Tony Pulis, who has called for the Tottenham board to continue backing their beleaguered manager. While Spurs could be one of the teams that the Potters are battling against to stay in the division, the City gaffer still had some positive things to say on behalf of his opposite number.
Pulis said: “They are in trouble and there is no hiding that fact. But I hope they stick with him.
“It’s time the board showed a bit of character and backed him. We all know results are important and that if things don’t go well you are going to be under pressure.
“As managers we all lie in the same bed and we know the rules by which we have to live.
“But the chairman got rid of a popular manager in Martin Jol not so long ago and he didn’t do a bad job by all accounts.
“This lad Ramos has fallen on rough times but they have the players to get out of it.
“Every manager can go on these runs. I’ve been there before. And it is times like this that you need a board to be strong.
“I watched a tape of their defeat to Hull and they should have won that game. That’s my opinion. I’m sure Spurs will not remain at the bottom because they have a lot of good players.”
While it’s probably crossed Daniel Levy’s mind on more than one occasion that sacking Ramos is the best option, it may be that the former Sevilla manager gets a handful more matches to try and turn things round. After all, the club worked very hard to bring him to White Hart Lane in the first place, and it’s still early days as far as the season is concerned. A couple of wins would see things looking up immediately for Tottenham. Do the supporters think he should be given more time?