Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The ‘Perfect One’? More like the ‘Arrogant One’

Now don’t get me wrong, I, like all Spurs fans, was absolutely delighted on 24th February when we lifted our first silverware since 1999. And in the five and half months that Ramos has been in charge there have been numerous other Tottenham-related moments that I’ve enjoyed (the main one being thrashing Ar5ena1 of course). I will readily admit that most of these highs have been down to Ramos, his staff and his new methods.

From his very first game in charge it was evident that he was trying to get the players to play in a different way – one of the early sights was seeing the midfield zip the ball around a little quicker. We all remember seeing the ‘before’ and ‘after’ Weightwatcher-style photos of Robbo and Huddlestone, along with the latter’s comments about removing tomato ketchup from his diet. Bringing in the likes of Woody and Hutton, as well as promoting O’Hara have also been huge pluses for Ramos. Without doubt, the Ramos appointment has been proved a great one in hindsight (even if the manner of which it was conducted wasn't pleasant).

But, the extent of my footballing ambitions do not end at a Carling Cup final win. Or even one victory in 22 against the ARSEnal. Yes there are a number of signs that things are moving in the right direction, but there are also some grey clouds overhead too. Our woeful performances since the cup final victory have alarmed me considerably. Our continued gifting of injury time goals to our opponents, our inability to hold on to a lead and to fail to kill games off, and our continued struggles on the road are also signs that not all is yet as we’d like it.

This morning’s Mirror stated that “Ramos has revealed Tottenham’s players and staff call him ‘The Perfect One’.” In fact, he went beyond that to have a dig at BMJ:

“We did none of the things that the team was doing before our arrival. If they used to train on one pitch and leave through a certain door, then we changed the training to another pitch and sent them out through a different door. We changed timetables, diet, everything. We wanted them to forget everything from before, like it never existed. Nine years of winning nothing had generated an impossible pessimism.”
I am frustrated at the timing and nature of these comments. If they were made immediately after the cup success then fair enough, one could blame them on the euphoria of the moment. But after second half surrenders to Middlesbrough and Newcastle in front of the WHL faithful in recent weeks, I’d have thought Ramos should have other priorities on his plate.

Yes life wasn’t perfect under Jol and it is clear that some things needed to change. However, football is about results and BMJ guided us to two consecutive fifth-place finishes. He was the first Tottenham boss to qualify for Europe, through the league, since the early 1980s.

What Ramos thinks or says in private is one thing, but until he has proven himself he needs to be careful to not come across as too aloof. Whether he made up the nickname of the ‘Perfect One’ or it was a label given to him by someone within the club is irrelevant – he was the one that said it to the press. Remember that when Mourinho branded himself the ‘Special One’ he’d won the Champions League (as well as a two domestic league titles and a bunch of other cups). Ramos is not yet the ‘Perfect One’ but if he keeps up with these types of comments on the back of a few domestic cup successes, we’ll have no choice but to brand him the ‘Arrogant One’.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

agreed i fear Ramos is a cup specialist already - we don't dominate league games like we did the last few years, especially at home. You'd take top 6 next year where as no one would have done at the beginning of this one!

Anonymous said...

Ramos said that the players and the staff at the club call him this - he didn't say it himself. BMJ was a great guy, but that's about as far as it went, he got lucky in both of the 5th placed finish seasons. if he was a decent manager or tactician we'd have had at least one season of champions league football by now - we gifted that back to the @rse. the fitness levels, quality of football and signings have all improved since his arrival. there are dead men walking each week at the moment. my suggestion to you and your like is to shut up and and wait to see what happens next season. please don't miss-understand me by the way, i'm a season ticket holder and have given up the last 2 games. come august it will all be different.

N7teen said...

I hope you're right about next season 15:28. I do rate Ramos don't get me wrong. But I also think there is a time and place for making arrogant comments (I did clearly state that to me it is irrelevant whether he calls himself it or people inside the club do) - he was the one that said it to a journalist.

And I disagree about the improved quality of signings. Berbatov was a BMJ signing; Gilberto a Ramos one! I know that is a limited example, but it's far too early to rate one guy's signings above another (yet).

Anonymous said...

This is being taken way out of context. it was a throw away comment when asked a leading question, and i have not seen what was said yet (in Spanish) but it could easily have been mis-translated.

he could have said i am the Right one for Tottenham which in tranlsation became the perfect one...

Anonymous said...

I disagree with this. He was asked what his nickname was given by the club. He isn't calling himself the special one by any means. As or not proving himself yet? 2 UEFA cups amongst 6 trophey's in 2 years says otherwise. I know he has a lot to do at Spurs but he has saved our season and we should have much faith in him. Yes, he is good at winning trophies, but he doesn't sacrifice league positions for it. He finished in the top 6 with Spain with teams a lot smaller then us and with nothing like the money we had. The revolvong door at Sevilla saw top class players sold everytime they came across them yet he still done wonders with them. In Ramos we trust.

Anonymous said...

my guess is that the players call him this as a joke because he probably wants everything to be done exactly as he says and has a plan for everything. Whereas BMJ probably gave the players a lot of leeway, it seems as if JR micromanages them. I would give JR the benefit of the doubt and assume that he realises the name is a bit of a joke rather than a description of God-like qualities.

Anonymous said...

You really shouldn't read so much into tabloid quotes. I heard 'the perfect one' nickname weeks before our 5-1 win over Arsen*l. We are lucky to have a manager like Ramos and he must have 100% control over transfer dealings in the summer.

If you all can't wait til the end of the season how must he feel seeing 70% of our players, sadly mainly the English ones just playing the season out.

Also don't forget he finished 3rd last season with Sevilla so to call him a cup manager is ridiculous.

Mike

Anonymous said...

Perfectionist thickos

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, what a genuinely bad article. A proven winner gets a nickname because he is so good at his job which is.......... organising a football team and the idiots come out saying "duh he ain't perfect he ain't won us the league yet or nuffink".

Ramos has salvaged this season with a cup win, he got us away from potential relegation, he has got us into Europe again, he has signed two of Britains best defenders, he has got under-achievers fitter and playing better, he has got the respect of the players, board and all but the handful of idiots in the crowd who can't see what a quality manager he is, he also has got us wins over the Goons and Chavski. All this in the first few months of his time at the club.

Really really poor article and any one already on the back of Ramos should s*d off and support another club.

Many insecure english get confused with self-assurance which is essential in professional sport and believe it to be arrogance of which they have none.

The accusation is little more than a reflection of the writers inadequacy and lack of self-assurance as he clearly is confused.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. Don't quit the day job.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and how many f*ckin times, BMJ did not 'sign' Berbatov and, likewise, Ramos was not responsible for Hutton (who he had never heard of) or Woodgates' arrival, although Snr Ramos's presence at WHL may have been an influence. Thus far Comolli (and formally Arnesen) identified, put together a 'business case' and effectively 'signed' the players providing Levy approved, and the head coach (who lists his requirements to Comolli) had no objections. Juande, it is widely anticipated, will insist on more input this time round though.

Anonymous said...

What a crap article! Yeah, we're still failing away from home, yeah we keep letting in late goals, but we're doing it a whole lot less under Ramos. We won our first away game this season with him. Timing means nothing to me when it's pratically pre-season already and I do not care much about the boro game (the barcodes game is a different story. As far as I'm concerned, if changing things completely won us our first anything for 9 years then I'm willing to trust JR. Oh, and he didn't announce that his nickname is the Perfect One, Berbatov said that months ago, though it seems to have gone under the radar a bit.

spursnomad said...

oh N17i enjoy your articles but this one left me scrathing my head. after spurs won the carling cup and qualified for europe watching the way the players celebrated it was pretty obvious the season was over especially after the unlucky way we exited the UEFA cup...that game alone gives me hope for next season. lets give Ramos a pre-season and full season in charge before we start questioning his ability, for me the litmus test will be our first away game next season, if lose that like we did against sunderland then alarm bells will be ringing...COYS COYS COYS