The Times is reporting that one of the first challenges that Juande Ramos is going to face is how to replace star striker Dimitar Berbatov. Then again, he doesn’t have to look further than his team’s bench to find a slew of decent strikers kicking their heels and waiting for a chance.
The Times claims that in the changing rooms after the Getafe game, Berbatov said to Jol: “you and I both need a bigger clubâ€, the Times goes on to claim that Berbatov got a fat pay rise and a gentleman’s agreement last month:
“His pay was increased to Â£60,000 a week last month, a reward for scoring 23 goals last season, and he secured a gentlemenâ€™s agreement that he could leave for a large fee if Tottenham have not qualified for the Champions League this season. Their prospects appear slim, since they sit 12 points behind Liverpool, who are in fourth place.”
Unlike the Sun’s saccharine analysis of Ramos, the Times thinks that the Spaniard will need to drastically improve his English, which the paper claims was the central reason that Manchester City didn’t pick him up as their manager in the summer… hmmm, not good enough for City but perfect for Spurs, who apparently aren’t a big enough club for their star striker?
Ramos better be one hell of a manager!