15 to 20 million pounds. That’s the amount that it would cost Spurs in compensation were they to sack Ramos now, according to the British papers. The weekends loss to Hull means that Spurs have now suffered their worst start to a league season since 1912. Each passing game must leave the Spurs faithful wondering if that exorbitant amount is worth it.
Hull City, playing their first season ever in the English top flight, have had a dream start thus far. They currently sit third in the table, ahead of both Manchester United and Arsenal. Last week they beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and they followed that up this weekend with win against Spurs. They couldn’t have dreamed of a better start. For Spurs things couldn’t have happened any worse. They are still winless this season in the league, sit bottom of the table after 7 games, and look far from a happy squad.
What Ramos has going against him is that the rut is not a new one. A closer look at the stats reveals that Spurs have actually won just 3 times in the league since lifting the Carling Cup in February. So while Spurs are too good to be relegated, on paper anyway, they are showing alarming relegation form. Leeds were also too good to go down a few seasons ago and now find themselves in League One.
Ramos feels he can turn things around, and has the reputation and record in Spain of being a top manager. All that matters to the Spurs fans is how their club is doing, and not what happened at Sevilla. Money has been spent, so there is no excuse that the manager is working with Martin Jols squad. That said Martin Jols team finished 5th in consecutive seasons before a slow start last season cost him his job. Ramos is running out of time to show that he is the right man for the job.
There is a need for a manager to be given time and patience to perform their jobs. Alex Furgeson and Arsene Wenger, the two best managers in the league, are also the two longest serving managers. But times are different in the modern game, and with the vast sums of money available and being spent, owners can not afford a bad spell that leaves them too far behind. Just ask Leeds.
Ramos believes he can save Spurs season. The evidence thus far suggests otherwise. Spurs are a team in turmoil and free fall. Things must change quickly if they are to avoid becoming another big team swept away into the battle of the Championship.