As Tottenham are in the middle of a two-legged Europa League tie against a Juande Ramos-managed Dnipro, a trip down memory-lane proves Spurs have failed to make significant progress since the Ramos-era at White Hart Lane.
This isn’t the first time Spurs have spent big in the summer and failed to provide the desired results – Juande Ramos was a victim of similar circumstances back in the 2008/09 season.
Much like now, the summer of 2008 had a high-profile departure with Dimitar Berbatov, there was Gareth Bale in 2013. Both transfers – in typical Daniel Levy fashion – dragged on till the last days (minutes in the Berbatov transfer) until the deal was done.
Levy’s reputation of being a tough man to negotiate with, is hurting the club. The painfully long transfer sagas such as Bale, Berbatov and Modric have meant that managers have been unable to build ‘new teams’, parings or partnerships or even overhaul the entire formation due to the uncertainties of player departures.
In the Modric-saga, the deal was finalised so late that Spurs were unable to conclude a deal in that window for then-Porto player Joao Moutinho.
Daniel Levy aside, the transfers of both 2008 and 2013 left people feeling as if funds had been wasted. Questionable prices and signing players that weren’t suited to the Spurs system. Several of the 2008 class have gone on to leave Spurs egg-faced, proving themselves in England, several other top-leagues across Europe and at international level.
Juande Ramos – much like Andre Vilas- Boas, left Spurs with a reputation in tatters. Despite having a brief stint as an interim-manager at Real Madrid, has not had a look-in for any managerial-vacancies in any of the top European leagues.
Ramos and AVB never signed players – directors of football have. In both cases, one has to
ask the creditability of those in the role. Damien Comolli barely made strides at Liverpool whilst Franco Baldini assembled teams at AS Roma that finished 7th and 6th - a contrast to the side competing for the title since he left the club.
As a result of a sporting-director flop, Ramos wasn’t able to sign any of his Sevilla stars that won back-to-back UEFA Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, a Spanish Super Cup, a Copa Del Rey and where involved in the 2006/07 title race, pushing Real Madrid and Barcelona in a three-way title race that went down to the last day of the season. Reports have suggested that AVB never got the players he wanted either. Spurs have moved in circles.
Managers with ruined reputations, signing players that managers never wanted – and would never use, sporting directors with mixed success, delaying inevitable player departures out of the club, too many players not suited to the type of football Spurs would play under both managers, not signing the players preferred by both managers, it’s for these very reasons that Tottenham Hotspur have gone round in circles and remain a one-hit-wonder Champions League qualifier, rather than a club who have qualified more often than not.
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