Just eight Premier League matches had been played before Juande Ramos was given his marching orders at White Hart Lane, although the team had been having a poor time of it results-wise since winning the Carling Cup in February. While most Spurs supporters seem pleased to see the back of the Spaniard, a man who had promised so much but was delivering so little, a certain someone down the road was surprised that he wasn’t given more time.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Arsene Wenger has a clear understanding of what happened at Tottenham under Ramos. He claims that the team suffered from having nothing to play for after winning the league cup, meaning that they came into this campaign with no momentum from the previous season.
“I believe that he was given short time,” said Wenger. “You would always want people to be given more time but on the other hand they have to make decisions.
“I am very surprised it didn’t work. I rate him personally. What happens sometimes in this league when a team doesn’t go for Europe and it wins the Carling Cup they switch off.
“If you do not start well the next season – which happened to him – slowly he lost confidence or his environment lost confidence in him.
“It takes some time to get your ideas through. Had he arrived at the beginning of the season nobody would be talking about him being sacked now. The fact he arrived middle of the season last year [means] people are less patient.”
As mentioned elsewhere, the sale of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane also didn’t help, especially the latter which was more of an unexpected move. Such transfers were out of the manager’s control, but the former Tottenham manager still paid the price for the team failing to adapt to the loss of the two-man strikeforce who had plundered so many the previous season.