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Redknapp takes charge of Spurs after Ramos ousted

Redknapp takes charge of Spurs after Ramos ousted

New Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was given total control of the team and transfers on Sunday after the ailing club fired head coach Juande Ramos and abandoned its continental structure.
In a move to appease angry fans, chairman Daniel Levy said sporting director Damien Comolli, who was blamed for his poor command of Tottenham's transfer activity, would not be replaced.
Supporters blamed Levy and Comolli for Spurs languishing at the bottom of the Premier League with just two points from eight matches _ their worst start to a season in 100 years of league football.
Levy said Ramos, who lasted less than a year in the job, had run out of time to turn things round as Spurs were faced with a relegation battle and had lost their opening UEFA Cup game.
Redknapp was lured from Portsmouth after a five million pound (US$8 million; euro6 million) compensation package was agreed with the league rival.
"I decided it was a good move for everybody, for Portsmouth as well in the long term and they have a terrific compensation deal when things were a bit tight," Redknapp said Sunday. "I just thought maybe it was time to move on and Tottenham are a big, big club. I thought 'let's just give it a go before it is too late.'
"It is a tough job, they are bottom of the league, so let's see what we can do."
In a dig at the Spaniard Ramos, who struggled with his English throughout his short tenure, Levy praised Redknapp for being a "great communicator to players, fans and the media alike".
"We are delighted to have secured the services of someone we have long since admired and whose track record and knowledge of all levels of football, including importantly the Premier League, is outstanding," Levy said in 2,324-word open letter to fans. "I know Harry is relishing the opportunity of managing a club he knows well, not least from his son Jamie's time here as a player and captain, and of reinvigorating and restoring confidence to a squad of highly talented international players.
"With his great knowledge of the game and his excellent motivational skills, Harry has inspired his teams to consistently over-perform, whilst his preferred attacking style of playing the game sits comfortably with our club's history, heritage and the type of entertaining football our fans want and expect to see."
They also wanted to see a manager in control of new signings after seeing Ramos neutered by Comolli.
"In Harry, we are accepting with his appointment that now is the right time for us to move back to a more traditional style of football management at our club," Levy said. "One which we believe will be capable of initiating our climb back up the Premiership table and to maintaining our challenge in the UEFA, Carling and FA Cup competitions."
Spurs had won just three league matches _ and none this season _ under Ramos, who delivered the first trophy in nine years in February as Tottenham beat Chelsea in the League Cup final.
"The English Premier League is an unforgiving competition _ time was no longer on our side and was a luxury we simply could not afford," Levy said. "We have quite clearly not performed to the best of our ability for many months now and our poor run of form is not something we could allow to continue unchecked."
Redknapp saved Portsmouth from seemingly certain relegation in the 2005-06 season and built the club up over the following seasons, winning the F.A. Cup last season.


Updated : 2021-02-27 15:38 GMT+08:00