Ramos commits himself to underachieving Spurs

September 22, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Juande Ramos is appealing for time and patience to end Tottenham's early-season slump but knows results must change quickly before it becomes a full-blown crisis.

GettyImagesJuande Ramos and assistant Gus Poyet have issues to deal with.

• Corluka: We're too good to be bottom

After a dismal 0-0 draw with Wigan at White Hart Lane the Spaniard denied a report he is homesick and yearning to return to Seville - from where he was controversially head-hunted last season by Spurs even before they sacked Martin Jol, his predecessor, last October.

Jol, who twice led Spurs to fifth in the Premier League, has taken over at Hamburg and they are now challenging near the top of the Bundesliga.

But Ramos, bottom of the table and still seeking the first league win of the season, insisted: ''It is not true at all (that I want to leave).

''I'm delighted to be in London and delighted to be at Tottenham. I am having a marvellous experience.''

He added: ''It is difficult because we have had many new players coming in and they need time for adaptation.

''Some did not come in until just before the transfer window closed and it is very difficult to adapt all at once.

''We have to try new situations and allow people to settle into the team. I know the supporters reacted (with boos)and maybe that is justified but I don't believe it is personal and we must continue to work together to get things right.

''We have a new game in a different competition on Wednesday and will do everything we can to win that.''

The fixture Ramos refers to is the Carling Cup third round in which the holders face fellow strugglers Newcastle at St James's Park - with former Spurs hero Chris Hughton in temporary charge at the Magpies.

  • Corluka: We're too good to be bottom

    Tottenham's £8.5million new signing Vedran Corluka has told team-mates and long-suffering Spurs fans the club are too good to be bottom of the Premier League.

    But the Croatia defender, bought from Manchester City in a protracted move completed just before the transfer deadline, warned they must string a run of wins together soon or they will be in deep trouble.

    Spurs stayed anchored to the foot of the table when their worst league start for 34 years continued with a grim goalless draw at home to Wigan on Sunday.

    Manager Juande Ramos was forced to deny reports he is homesick for his native Seville and considering leaving the job less than a year after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Damien Comolli controversially head-hunted him in Spain and ousted predecessor Martin Jol.

    But Corluka is convinced he has joined a top-grade team at White Hart Lane despite no wins from their first five Premier League games of the season.

    He admitted: ''Everybody expected us to win against Wigan but unfortunately we took only one point so, of course, everyone is frustrated.

    ''We worked very hard but we were also very unlucky. Obviously we didn't do enough to win the game because we have just one point from it but I'm convinced we only have to keep working hard, keep trying and results will come.

    ''We are a good team - too good certainly for the last place in the Premier League. I think we just need that first win to cheer us up and then everything will be okay.

    ''But we don't have the time to wait for that victory. We need to recover soon or else it will be very hard for us. We need not only a win but then to win several games in a row.

    ''It doesn't matter what competition it is, we just need wins. For sure, our confidence may not be on a high level at the moment but only results can change that.

    ''Hopefully those results will soon come if we believe in ourselves and we'll take up the position in the table that we deserve.''