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Redknapp grabs first Spurs win after Ramos ousted

Redknapp grabs first Spurs win after Ramos ousted

Tottenham won its first Premier League match of the season on Sunday, just hours after Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth to replace Juande Ramos as manager.
With Redknapp in charge, Spurs won 2-0 over 10-man Bolton at White Hart Lane after goals from strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent.
Ramos paid the price for Tottenham's worst start in its 100 years of league football. He left the team hotel late Saturday after being dismissed along with his coaching staff by chairman Daniel Levy.
Levy lured Redknapp from Pompey by paying five million pounds (US$8 million; euro6 million) in compensation and telling the 61-year-old Englishman that he would have total control of the team and transfers by abandoning the previous continental structure.
In a move to appease angry fans, Levy said sporting director Damien Comolli, widely blamed for Tottenham's criticized transfer activity, won't be replaced. Levy also accepted responsibility for failing to replace star strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane in the offseason.
Spurs supporters had blamed Levy and Comolli for the team taking just two points from eight matches before Sunday's win.
Levy said Ramos, who was fired exactly a year after Martin Jol met the same fate, 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.
"At this stage where Tottenham is, we need a fighter. We need someone who has inspiration," Levy said. "I have had various conversations with Harry over a number of years. He almost got here, but now he is here.
"I'm a Spurs fan and it's a sickening feeling seeing Spurs where they are and we need to get back up where we belong, which is near the top."
Ramos, who moved to White Hart Lane after guiding Spanish club Sevilla to back-to-back UEFA Cup titles, acknowledged that the results this season weren't good enough.
"Results are what counts in football and we all know how this world works," the Spaniard said on his Web site. "Now, we just have to see if this decision is the best one for the team to recover and have a good season."
Redknapp saved Pompey from seemingly certain relegation in the 2005-06 season and built up the south coast club over the following seasons, winning the F.A. Cup in May.
"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. "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.'"
In an apparent dig at Ramos, who struggled speaking English during 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 a long 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."
The fans also wanted a manager in control of new signings after seeing Ramos held back 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, (League) 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 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 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.
Keane also was sold in the offseason in the wake of Jermain Defoe joining Redknapp's Portsmouth in January.
"We failed because we were not as decisive or as successful in identifying or replacing the two strikers as early as we should have been," Levy said.


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:23 GMT+08:00