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Redknapp grabs first Spurs win after Ramos ousted

Redknapp grabs first Spurs win after Ramos ousted

Harry Redknapp led Tottenham to its first Premier League victory of the season Sunday just hours after leaving Portsmouth to replace Juande Ramos as manager.
Redknapp took immediate charge from the touchline as Spurs beat 10-man Bolton 2-0 after goals from strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent at White Hart Lane.
Spurs are still last in the standings, but Redknapp hopes it is the first step in repeating the rescue act he performed after keeping Portsmouth in the top flight in the 2005-06 season despite facing seemingly certain relegation.
"We don't have time for me to sit in the stands _ we had to get on with it," Redknapp said. "When I took over at Portsmouth I thought, 'My God how are we going to get off the bottom of the league,' but some of the stuff the players played today was top class."
Ramos paid the price for taking just two points from eight matches in 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.
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.
"The chairman will do the deals but I'll pick the players," Redknapp said. "I wouldn't let anyone else buy my players. I'm not going to ask him to go and buy Ronaldo for me. There'll be some players out there in January who he'll bring in for us."
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.
"We need a fighter. We need someone who has inspiration," Levy said. "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."
Tottenham next plays fierce rival Arsenal on Wednesday before hosting leader Liverpool on Saturday.
"We have got two tough games to come, but we can go to Arsenal with a bit of confidence," Redknapp said.
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."
After keeping Pompey in the top flight, he 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."
"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," Levy said in a long open letter to fans.
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."
Ramos delivered Spurs their first trophy in nine years with a victory over Chelsea in the League Cup final in February. But he led Tottenham to only three league wins after the Wembley triumph.
Spurs were expected to be the strongest contender for fifth place, until Ramos was left with little firepower after Keane joined Liverpool and Berbatov was finally granted a move to Manchester United.
"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 : 2021-08-01 01:45 GMT+08:00