Under fire Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos has just six games in which to turn round a season that has seen Spurs get off to their worst start since the Titanic was afloat, with a source at White Hart Lane claiming the Spaniard has until mid-November to turn things around at the North London side.
Spurs sit rock bottom of the Premier League, which is the worst start to a season for 96 years at Tottenham, who are yet to win in the Premiership this season. With a senior source at Spurs claiming the Spaniard will face the axe after barely a year in charge should he not improve the fortunes of the club.
The source said: “It’s make or break time now for Ramos. If things haven’t improved dramatically by mid- November then it’s 'adios` for sure.
“The club just can’t afford to let this crisis go on much longer, certainly not into Christmas. There’s simply no way the powers that be are going to put the clubs Premier League status in jeopardy. Being in the top flight is far too lucrative, especially in these harsh financial times.
“But they want to be fair. He’s got a bunch of new players who need to gel, so he’s got half a dozen games to sort it out.”
Whether it is six Premier League games or just the next six games is not clear, but Ramos will clearly have to get off to a flyer in the next match. Which is their Premier League clash with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium next weekend, with tricky UEFA Cup ties against Serie A club Udinese and new signing Luka Modric’s former side Dinamo Zagreb also in the next six matches.
Sandwiched between the UEFA clashes are Premiership encounters against Bolton Wanderers and bitter rivals Arsenal, with the Trotters to visit the Lane before Ramos takes either a rejuvenated or beleaguered Tottenham for what will be more than a North London derby at the Emirates Stadium for the Spaniard, with his future in the balance.
Should Ramos come through this series of fixtures with Tottenham in a positive light, with results improving and Spurs climbing the table. Then the Premier League game with Manchester City at the Eastlands, the sixth game, should see the former Sevilla coach remain at White Hart Lane, with control over transfers following recent reports that the departure of sporting director Damien Comoli is imminent.
On the other hand should Tottenham continue to dumbfound through this sequence of matches then Ramos could be waving ‘adios’ to Spurs at Man City on November 8th. However, reports in Italy yesterday have claimed that Ramos is on the shortlist along with Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez to replace Claudio Ranieri at Juventus, with the Bianconeri faithful very vocal in their desire for La Vecchia Signora to replace the ‘tinkerman’ at the Italian giants.