Holland legend Frank Rijkaard (below) is set to replace Juande Ramos at Tottenham Hotspur, despite it being understood that it will cost Spurs £10million to sack the Spaniard, according to The Mail online.
Former Sevilla coach Ramos has only been in the post at White Hart Lane since last October, after previous boss Martin Jol was sacked by the North London club.
Ramos, despite winning the Carling Cup last season is set to pay the price with his job after overseeing the worst ever start to a season in Spurs history. Which sees Tottenham rooted to the bottom of the Premier League without a win in the Premiership yet this campaign.
Reports earlier on Wednesday had claimed that Ramos was a target for La Liga side Atletico Madrid, with it believed that Ramos would go should an offer come along, but Ramos has always insisted that he intends to see out his contract at Tottenham.
However, should Ramos be offered the job at the Vicente Calderon it would save Levy the £10million in compensation it would cost Spurs if they sacked him. With chairman Daniel Levy, having given Ramos the dreaded vote of confidence. Something Levy also gave to Jol, while making an approach for Ramos.
Rijkaard was sacked by Barcelona in the summer, despite winning the Champions League in 2006 after losing out on the La Liga title in the last two seasons to bitter rivals Real Madrid, with the Catalan club only managing to finish 3rd last season. Which was not acceptable by the board at the Nou Camp.
Should former AC Milan player Rijkaard replace Ramos at Spurs, the Dutchman will have a big task to motivate a team that is high in talent, but low in moral and lacking the guidance to see them out of these tricky times.