Tottenham won the FA Cup in successive seasons during the early 1980’s, although the current team can’t even win a league match against a team widely tipped to be bottom of the Premier League table come May. Instead, it’s Spurs who occupy the bottom berth of England’s top flight and while many argue that things will improve eventually, one ex-Spurs player is calling for the head of Juande Ramos on a stick.
The Daily Telegraph carry the words of former Tottenham left-back Paul Miller, who fans may remember as being part of the 1981 and 1982 FA Cup-winning team. According to him, the sooner the club get rid of the Spaniard, the better with Ramos showing no signs of being able to do anything about the club’s current plight.
It pains me to see Tottenham performing as they are. They are my club, about whom I care passionately, but if they carry on in this way – no leadership, no threat among the strikers – then there is a real danger they will go down.
Make no mistake, this is relegation form and the chairman, Daniel Levy, has to recognise this before it is too late. That means admitting he made a mistake in appointing Ramos, and getting rid of him.
Ramos seems not to realise that Spurs’ performances are ruining the fans’ weekends – he never shows that level of emotion. There is no natural leader on the pitch, as Ledley King is never fit for long enough, and certainly there is no inspiration off it.
Levy needs to find a British manager, somebody guaranteed to get this team performing with passion. Martin Jol took the club as far as he could, Spurs then put all their hopes in one man to take them further, and yet we have gone in the opposite direction.
Tottenham travel to Stoke in less than two weeks and if a major change is not made by then, I can see them losing. Stoke are athletic, well-drilled; exactly the qualities Spurs are lacking. Roman Pavlyuchenko does not look even remotely good enough.
Indeed, it’s hard to see Tottenham winning at Stoke in little under a fortnight’s time, with the Potters sure to be physical against a team who look to have a particularly weak underbelly in midfield. Spurs fans, do you agree with the words of Miller, or do you think that the bad start made has been blown out of all proportion? After all, better to be 20th after 7 matches and have it serve as a wake-up call.