Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos has blasted Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, claiming he prefers money over on-field success. The Spaniard, who was sacked in October by Levy following Spurs' worst ever start to a Premier League season, maintains that the club's decision to sell prize assets Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov to Liverpool and Manchester United for a combined fee of £50 million was to blame for the north London's club's tumultuous start to the campaign. And he accuses former employer Levy of being more interested in cashing in on the star duo rather than keeping hold of them and challenging for Champions League qualification this season. "The club sold Berbatov and Keane and everything went down," said Ramos. "They preferred money ahead of competitiveness." However, in an open letter to supporters after Ramos' departure, Levy stated that: "Despite the potential cost to the Club and knowing that our efforts to sign an additional, experienced striker had failed, the final decision on whether or not to sell Dimitar was not a financial decision but a footballing one. "It was felt that he had not been a positive influence on the pitch or in the dressing room and that this would continue." And on Keane's departure to Anfield, Levy added: "Despite his obvious professionalism, our coaching staff felt that it would be very difficult to expect Robbie to continue to be such a positive influence in our dressing room when he so clearly wanted to leave us. "The decision to sell Robbie was therefore not a financial one." Ramos, now managing Real Madrid, hasn't forgotten the good times from his brief spell in England, where he lifted the Carling Cup with the London outfit during his first season in charge. "Of course I have not forgotten England. It was a short experience but intense," he said. "To play and win the Carling Cup final in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley singing the national anthem and against a team like Chelsea was extraordinary." Ramos, whose Real side have won their last six games in a row, now prepares to face Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 next month, aiming to inflict defeat on fellow countryman Rafael Benitez and prove his many doubters in England wrong by guiding the Madridistas to European glory for the first time since 2002. "We’re looking to stretch this winning run and have a team that gives us a guarantee for victory against Liverpool," he said. SPURS FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Frederic Kanoute One on One Paul Gascoigne, Les Ferdinand, Ossie Ardiles Boy's A Bit Special Chris Gunter, John Bostock Ask A Silly Question Garth Crooks Perfect XI Ossie Ardiles My Secret Vice Neil Ruddock Plus! Martin Peters on Weekend Wonders and Spurs on Talentspotter
27 January 2009
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