Juande Ramos has emerged as the leading contender to take over from Martin Jol following the Dutchman´s departure as Tottenham manager on Thursday night.

Spurs announced after the UEFA Cup defeat to Getafe that Jol and assistant boss Chris Hughton were sacked following the club´s dismal start to the season, although news had filtered through to fans during the match.

Ramos spoke of an offer from Spurs at the start of the season before vowing to stay in Spain for the remainder, but bookmakers have stopped taking bets on him succeeding Jol. Former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet - currently at Leeds - has been widely tipped to join as assistant.

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