Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tottenham fires Ramos, Redknapp to take over

LONDON (AP)—Juande Ramos was fired as Tottenham manager on Saturday and replaced by Harry Redknapp, who agreed to leave rival Portsmouth.

Last-place Spurs (0-6-2) is facing a relegation battle after its worst season start in 100 years of league soccer.

Tottenham agreed to a compensation package of $8 million with seventh-place Portsmouth (4-3-1), according to Redknapp.

“It’s a big, big opportunity to manage a big club before I retire,” the 61-year-old Redknapp said. “I love Portsmouth and I loved my time there. We had some fantastic success and I’d never been happier, but it’s a great deal for Portsmouth, 5 million pounds for me. I think the club in all honesty needed the money—things are tight.”

In addition to its dismal EPL start, Spurs lost 2-0 at Udinese on Thursday as the group stage of the UEFA Cup began.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who had been facing fans’ protests before Sunday’s match against Bolton, acted quickly to fill the void left by Ramos. Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe will take charge of the team on Sunday.

“It will all be sorted out and by tomorrow morning I should be in place,” Redknapp said early Sunday. “I won’t pick the team, but I will go in the dressing room and address the players before the match and at halftime.”

Sporting director Daniel Comolli, who has been blamed for his poor command of Tottenham’s transfer activity, also left along with first team coaches Marcos Alvarez and Gus Poyet.

Ramos took just four months to win the League Cup in February, Spurs’ first trophy since 1999.

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