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Real Madrid Sack Schuster, Hire Ramos

bernd-schusterReal Madrid have fired coach Bernd Schuster, replacing him with recently departed Tottenham manager Juande Ramos.  His contract lasts to the season’s end.

Schuster won the Spanish League at Real Madrid last season, however, the club’s awful form this year sealed his fate.  Real Madrid won just five of their past twelve in all competitions, conceding 24 goals.

Much of the problem has been a terrible run of injuries, although the frequency of muscle problems casts eyes back to the coaching staff.

Real sit in fifth-place, nine points behind leaders Barcelona.  They face the top three teams (Barcelona, Villarreal and Valencia) in their next three fixtures.

If Schuster’s situation had not been untenable enough, it surely became so when he publicly admitted his squad could not beat Barcelona.  “At the Camp Nou now, it’s not possible to win,” Schuster said.  “They are playing really well there and it’s their year.  We can just try and hopefully play a good game.”

Tottenham fired Ramos after an abysmal start to the English season.  However, he has extensive experience in Spain.  During his most recent stint with Sevilla, Ramos won two UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey.

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Headlines: Man U are Most Petulant in Premier League

Manchester United are Premier League Dissent Champions (FourFourTwo)

Wayne Rooney spits on a photographer, doesn’t write letter of apology (Guardian)

World’s Worst Soccer Team Finally Earns Point (Deadspin)

When in doubt, blame Ramos (The Sun)

The two-finger gesture explained (EPLTalk)

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Ramos Out Redknapp In, The Revolution at Spurs is Over

After a disastrous start to the season that saw the club earn just two points from a possible twenty-four, the relegation bell resounded at Tottenham.  The club fired manager Juande Ramos and director of football Damien Comolli.  Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp will replace Ramos.

Surprisingly for Spurs, the moves make sense.

Comolli, the germ of the problem, needed to go.  He came from Arsenal to bring a bit of the Wenger way to White Hart Lane.  Instead, he behaved oppositely.  He paid top-dollar for peak-interest players, building a squad, unwieldy and unbalanced.  He bungled negotiations.  He never instituted the unity of purpose between manager, brain-trust and board that has underlined Arsenal’s success.  His failure warranted the sack.

Ramos, though not a bad manager, should have been fired as well.  Tottenham forced him to cook without buying the groceries, but he didn’t salvage anything edible.  In another environment with more control, he may have been successful.  But, at Tottenham, he embodied failure and looked clueless to escape it.  Ramos didn’t have the squad to compete for the top four, but, they have enough talent to not be at the bottom.  Abilities aside, he didn’t perform.

Harry Redknapp’s signing was shrewd as well.  He won’t remake Tottenham into Manchester United, but he will steer them off the road towards Leeds.  Given money to spend, he can wheel and deal to construct a decent squad.  He also has the fortitude to stabilize the tempestuous tiller this season.  There’s security in those jowels.

He did leave Portsmouth in a lurch, although his situation there, without the promised funds, looked untenable.  He saved them from relegation and won an FA Cup.  He deserves their gratitude.

Tottenham fans should not rejoice yet, however.  Daniel Levy, the man who hired everyone involved and had his prodigious finger in the pot of every decision, will still be chairman.

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Headlines: Real Madrid Don’t Want Ronaldo!

Real Madrid do not want Ronaldo, except if Manchester United decide to sell him. (Sky Sports)

Harry Redknapp would bring Beckham to Pompey, if A.C. Milan isn’t good enough. (4thegame)

Ramos dropping Bentley had nothing to do with his comments…right. (The Spoiler)

Douglas Costa may costa £21m for Manchester United or Real Madrid (The Guardian)

QPR fire Iain Dowie (Football365)

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