A View From Below

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Ramos still has respect in homeland

Written 10/12/2008 as Juande Ramos appointed Real Madrid Manager!

Real Madrid have appointed Spaniard Juande Ramos as coach after the sacking of the under-fire German Bernd Schuster.


Ramos takes over with Madrid in a period of instability that sees them 5th in La Liga, 9 points adrift of leaders and rivals F.C. Barcelona.


The 4-3 defeat to Ramos former club Seville was boiling point for Real’s board, who had given Schuster numerous backings before dismissing him. Schuster’s claim that his Real side was incapable of beating Barcelona in their upcoming match meant it was inevitable he received his marching orders.


Ramos must still have his unsuccessful stint at Tottenham Hotspur looming large in his mind as he told Madrid’s fans “I hope I don’t let anyone down,” something he clearly feels was unresolved about his time at White Hart Lane.


In the summer over $50 million was spent on new players such as Luka Modric, Roman Pavlyuchenko, David Bentley, Giovanni Dos Santos, Vedran Corluka and Heurelho Gomes to create a fresh looking squad and although much of this was recouped from the sales of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively Tottenham soon slumped to the foot of the table.

Concerns surfaced over Ramos’ ability to converse with his players effectively, the diets he rigidly kept the players on it an attempt to increase fitness and his prescence in the dressing room.


Juande Ramos left Spurs with his reputation tarnished, but not enough to stop him taking over arguably the highest pressure job in world football, just months later. He inherits a squad flooded with talent but in an environment where it seems difficult to get the best of out players.


In England it seems if a manager is sacked, he will be forced to drop a tier in terms of what job he can effectively hope to get in the future.

Sam Allardyce is a shining example of the cut-throat way in which a manager’s reputation can be destroyed by one unsuccessful stint. Allardyce took Bolton from also-rans to Uefa Cup hopefuls in almost a decade with the club and his torrid 6 months at Newcastle have left him with a blemished C.V.


Real Madrid seem to have ignored the warning signs around post-Tottenham Ramos and surely feel he can rekindle the success he had at Seville, where he twice won the Uefa Cup, the Uefa Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.


Even some Barcelona players have publicly shown their belief in Ramos as a manger, with Seydou Keita labeling him a “good coach and a great person.”


Time will tell whether Juande Ramos can do enough to survive in the Real Madrid hot seat, where in recent seasons both Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster have been sacked after leading the club to the La Liga title, but it seems he still has the respect in Spain to get the chance at managing the highest profile club in Spain whilst Allardyce is only dreaming of the chance to manage a club of the stature of Real Madrid.


February 22, 2009 - Posted by | Football

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