Lack of English led to Ramos getting the chop

TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy has highlighted Harry Redknapp’s communication with players as a vital change at the club — and intimated that Juande Ramos’s lack of English hastened his downfall.

Levy has also revealed how Redknapp’s knowledge of the transfer market was one of the reasons for scrapping the continental structure of sporting director Damien Comolli scouting and buying players for the head coach.

Levy heaped praise on new boss Harry Redknapp after Tottenham’s stunning late, late draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, as Spurs came from 4-2 down to grab a 4-4 draw.

The game was another chance for David Bentley to show he is rejuvenated under Redknapp, as he scored a spectacular opener.

Describing Redknapp as “a great communicator”, Levy said he could not have the same rapport with Ramos.

“I’ve known Harry for a number of years. I think he’s a great communicator. I think it is very important that that person (the manager) is a good communicator,” said Levy.

“I think that’s something I’ve probably learned over the last few years, that communication with the manager and the players is absolutely vital. I think people underestimate how important it is.

“Sometimes in this role you have to make quick decisions, regrettable ones, but in the interests of the club you have to move forward.

“We wanted to give Juande as much time as possible, we didn’t actually have a cut-off point, but I just knew there was a moment when I had to do something decisive. These things are never nice but I had to do it in the interests of the club.”

Levy confirmed that the club are planning to sell naming rights of their proposed new 60,000-seater stadium — spelling the end for White Hart Lane.

The plans for the new ground include parts of the existing site, but the stadium will be located to the north of the current one and will carry a sponsor’s name.

In their financial results released yesterday, Spurs announced details of their new 60,000 stadium development.

Levy denied that the new plans would have any effect on new manager Harry Redknapp’s transfer budget, but did concede that it would be limited.

“There may be limited transfer funds available (in January) but the main transfers take place in the summer. Harry’s confident and I’m confident that we can move up the table.”

The club’s financial results made positive reading — for the year ending June 30, 2008 turnover was up 11% and the building of a new training centre is expected to start next year.

Levy said: “With a waiting list for season tickets of over 22,000 and club membership levels of over 70,000, our need for an increased capacity stadium has been clear for all to see for some time.”


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