Jermaine Jenas Reveals the Bizarre Reason Juande Ramos Was Sacked by Tottenham in 2008

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has suggested that former boss Juande Ramos, was sacked by Spurs after a strange training ground ?session saw Tom Huddleston switched out to the left wing.

The former White Hart Lane manager, who led Tottenham to the 2008 League Cup trophy, was replaced by Harry Redknapp after a bizarre tactical approach.

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?Speaking to BBC Radio ?5 Live Jenas recalled: “We were on the training pitch, we are going through a bad spell, second bottom of the league. For Spurs at the time it was a catastrophe.

“(Ramos) is going through some team shape and he put Tom Huddlestone on the left wing. We were like ‘what’s going on here?’.

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It was the season that Tottenham suffered their worst ever start to a league campaign, with Daniel Levy eventually removing Ramos and bringing in Harry Redknapp.


The former England international went on to recall: “We’d look at assistant Gus Poyet, and he looked back to say ‘I don’t know what to tell you’. We walked off the pitch baffled.

“Alan Hutton then knocks on my hotel door at 11pm to tell us we had a meeting. You just think it’s one of the lads having a laugh. So we go downstairs and the chairman said that Juande has been relieved of his duties and Harry is coming in tomorrow.

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“As far as I’m concerned, from that moment on the training pitch, a message somehow got back to the chairman to say, look I need to stop this.”

Since the incident, Huddlestone went on to earn an England call-up as a central midfielder – and is currently leading Hull City’s bid to stay in the Premier League with a recent string of good performances in a holding midfield role. 

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