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Fall from Grace: Juande Ramos

Former Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Juande Ramos fall from grace has been one of gigantic proportion considering the heights which he scaled with Spanish side Sevilla.

Whilst Ramos’s short time at Tottenham was pretty poor, he was actually rather good back in his homeland managing Sevilla. After retiring from playing professional football at 28 due to injury whilst turning out for 2nd and 3rd tier teams in Spain, Ramos switched to management, coaching an astonishing nine, yes nine different sides between 1994 and 2005 before settling at Sevilla where he really made his name. In his first season Sevilla won the UEFA cup after demolishing Steve McCLaren’s Middlesbrough in the final, following this up with a 5th place finish Sevilla successfully defended their UFEA Cup the next season under Ramos’s stewardship. A 3rd place finish and the winning of the Copa Del Rey, the Spanish equivalent of our FA Cup, Juande Ramos was seen as one of the most talented managers in Europe.

Tottenham Hotspur came calling for the Spaniard offering him an astonishing 6 million Euros a year, making Ramos one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League. Joining Spurs in October 2007 after resigning his position at Sevilla, Ramos inherited a Tottenham side that at this point were languishing amongst the relegation places. Ramos did turn their fortunes around steering them to safety and winning the Carling Cup. Upon the start of a new season Tottenham fans were excited about the prospect of challenging the top 4 with Ramos having his first pre-season with the players. Yet Spurs had their worst start to a season in their illustrious history. 2 points from 8 games signalled the end of Ramos’s reign and he was promptly booted out by Daniel Levy.

Following his crash and burn at Tottenham, somehow in Real Madrid’s ever glowing wisdom decided to offer Ramos a 6 month deal to turn their ailing season around after falling far behind Barcelona in the title race. In all honesty Ramos did steady the ship gaining an unbelievable 49 points out of 51 over a 17 game period. Yet following a 2-6 smashing at the Bernabeu by Barcelona the job was never going to be his permanently. When is that job ever anyone’s ‘permanently’?

With his Real Madrid repair job in his pocket there was a slight rise in Ramos’s stock again after his forgetful time at Tottenham Hotspur. A move to the ever improving Russian League was Ramos’s next stop with him taking over Zico at CSKA Moscow. 47 days. That is how long Ramos lasted. Sacked after 9 games, this seems incredibly harsh yet this is the way football is going. 4 defeats out of 9 games for a team of CSKA Moscow’s calibre in Russia are deemed unacceptable.

Only 3 years ago Ramos was king of Europe, coveted by numerous clubs after the wonders he had worked at Sevilla. His Tottenham Hotspur debacle began his long tumble towards manager oblivion. Expect to see him turn up at some backwater football club trying to rebuild his reputation. I hear Uzbekistan is the new watch word in football. Scolari is over their now doing the same thing.

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