Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos has sensationally revealed that he tried to sign Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, but instead was given £16.5million flop Darren Bent, reports the Daily Mail.
The Spanish coach - who is the only manager to have won anything at White Hart Lane in the last 15 years - has been heavily critical of his old club, which he says is motivated by economical gains rather than titles or trophy success.
Ramos's view is that Spurs will forever reside outside the top four while they continue to sell their best players, and replace them with promising young stars of the future with an eye on making a future profit.
He also believes that it is unfair to sack managers who fail to qualify for the Champions League when they don't operate with the same budget to compete with the top clubs.
"You don't sack the manager for not always being in the top four," he said. "I didn't have a problem with selling [Dimitar] Berbatov [when I was in charge], so long as someone came in to replace him.
"The two strikers that I asked for were Samuel Eto'o and David Villa. But we were left with Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
"We started the league and we couldn't beat anyone; we couldn't score a goal under a rainbow and in the eighth week I'm gone."
Tottenham have continued to operate with the same mindset, selling Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to Real Madrid in the past couple of seasons for huge profits, although they have reinvested a large proportion of that money in the playing squad at White Hart Lane, now coached by Tim Sherwood.
Spurs fans might still wonder what might have been though, after seeing former target Eto'o turn up at Stamford Bridge, having been brought to the Premier League by returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho during the summer.