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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 with the club facing a relegation battle after its 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 is propping up the league after taking just two points from its opening eight matches this season. It began the UEFA Cup group stage on Thursday with a 2-0 defeat at Udinese.
Beleaguered chairman Daniel Levy, who had been facing fans' protests before Sunday's match against Bolton, acted quickly to fill the void by turning to Redknapp, who hauled back Portsmouth from the brink of relegation to FA Cup glory.
Redknapp expects the official announcement to come from White Hart Lane in the morning, but Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe will take charge of the team on Sunday.
"It will all be sorted out and by tomorrow morning I should be in place," Redknapp said. "I won't pick the team (against Bolton), but I will go in the dressing room and address the players before the match and at halftime."
Sporting director Daniel Comolli, who has been blamed for his poor command of Tottenham's transfer activity, also left along with first team coaches Marcos Alvarez and Gus Poyet.
Levy first contacted Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie on Friday, but Spurs didn't fire the 54-year-old Ramos until late Saturday _ exactly a year after Martin Jol was dumped despite retaining the fans' support. That anger reignited this season when Tottenham's dismal start contrasted with Jol's new Hamburg side topping the German league.
Levy, however, had been dissatisfied with Jol's successive 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.
Ramos took 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.
Since the Spaniard masterminded that victory over Chelsea at Wembley, Spurs has won just three more Premier League matches.
In the offseason Ramos disposed of a number of Jol's regulars and spent more than 40 million pounds (then US$78 million; euro50.5 million) on players including David Bentley, Luka Modric, Heurelho Gomes and Giovani Dos Santos.
The side was expected to be the strongest contender for fifth place _ until Ramos was left with little firepower.
Protracted negotiations with Manchester United over the sale of Dimitar Berbatov proved unsettling for the squad and were only concluded as the transfer window was closing on Sept. 1, meaning that there was no time to find a replacement.
Robbie Keane also was sold in the summer in the wake of Jermain Defoe joining Redknapp's Portsmouth in January.
"I wish he was at Spurs now, they are short in attack," Redknapp said on Sunday. "They have a decent squad on paper, although it's not a well-balanced squad, it's a squad with good ability, very skillful players, but maybe a bit of a soft center.
"We need a little bit more strength and aggression about the team if we're going to survive. You don't pick up two points if you're that good. They've been on an horrendous run of games and we've got to get cracking and turn it around as quick as we can."
Redknapp had a respectable career as a player alongside Bobby Moore at West Ham before starting in management at Bournemouth in 1983, where he spent nine years unlocking the potential of an underachieving side.
He embarked on a strong seven-year stint with West Ham before moving to Portsmouth in 2002 and guiding them into the Premier League for the first time in nearly two decades.
After being undermined from above, he resigned in 2004 to manage Portsmouth's archrivals Southampton, having performed a spectacular U-turn on the issue.
If that seemed improbable, a return to Fratton Park was even less plausible, but he did in December 2005 and steered Pompey to safety, then to a ninth-place finish in the 2006-07 season.
His record should have made him a prime contender for the England job when first Sven-Goran Eriksson and then Steve McClaren vacated the post, but his career has been dogged by unproven allegations.
When the BBC's Panorama program accused him of making an illegal approach for Bolton's Andy Todd, Redknapp denied any wrongdoing in characteristic fashion.
Redknapp claims the episode cost him the chance to succeed McClaren in 2007, but he was still a hot enough property to be offered the Newcastle job in January. The offer was turned down and he subsequently won the FA Cup in May.
Portsmouth owner Alexander Gaydamak is looking for a new manager, with Redknapp saying that he is also searching for a buyer for the club.
One name in the fray for the managerial vacancy is Avram Grant, who was Redknapp's director of football. The Israeli moved to Chelsea in a similar role in 2007 and was quickly elevated to manager after Jose Mourinho's departure, only to be fired in May despite finishing runner-up to Manchester United in the Premier League and Champions League.


Updated : 2021-04-18 10:59 GMT+08:00