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Tottenham fires Ramos, Redknapp to take over

Tottenham fires Ramos, Redknapp to take over

Harry Redknapp agreed to leave Portsmouth to replace Juande Ramos as Tottenham manager early Sunday.
Ramos was fired late Saturday for the club's worst start to a season in its 100 years of league football.
Spurs agreed to a compensation package of five million pounds (US$8 million; euro6 million) with its English Premier League rival, Redknapp said.
"It's a big, big opportunity to manage a big club before I retire," the 61-year-old Redknapp said. "I love Portsmouth and I loved my time there, we had some fantastic success and I'd never been happier, but it's a great deal for Portsmouth, 5 million pounds for me.
"I think the club in all honesty needed the money _ things are tight."
Spurs was lodged at the bottom of the league after taking just two points from its opening eight matches this season.
Beleaguered chairman Daniel Levy, who had been facing fans' protests on Sunday, acted quickly to fill the void by turning to Redknapp, who hauled back Portsmouth from the bring of relegation to FA Cup glory.
Redknapp expects the official announcement to come from White Hart Lane in the morning.
"It will all be sorted out and by tomorrow morning I should be in place," he said. "It's a chance for me to get on and see what I can do."
Spurs fired Ramos late Saturday _ exactly a year after Martin Jol was dumped and on the eve of the London club's league match against Bolton.
Sporting director Daniel Comolli, who has been blamed for his poor command of Tottenham's transfer activity, also left, and first team coaches Marcos Alvarez and Gus Poyet were also fired.
Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe will take charge for Sunday's match at White Hart Lane, Spurs said.
Levy wasn't satisfied with Jol's top-five finishes, wanting the club to clinch a lucrative Champions League berth by breaking into the top four.
He believed Ramos, who had back-to-back UEFA Cup triumphs with Sevilla, could take Spurs to the next level.
It took Ramos just four months to win the League Cup in February _ the club's first trophy since 1999 _ but it didn't provide a launchpad to a glorious new era.
After Ramos masterminded that victory over Chelsea at Wembley, Spurs won just three Premier League matches _ and not one this season.


Updated : 2021-05-16 14:23 GMT+08:00