Juan de la Cruz Ramos Cano, more commonly known as Juande Ramos, (born 25 September 1954 in Pedro Muñoz, Ciudad Real, Spain) is a Spanish former footballer and manager, currently in charge of Tottenham Hotspur
Ramos played for Elche, Alcoyano, Linares, Eldense, Alicante and Denia as a midfielder, until he retired due to a knee injury at the age of 28.
During his first season with Sevilla, he won the UEFA Cup in the final against Middlesbrough, where his side won 4–0, and also winning the UEFA Super Cup, beating European champions and fellow La Liga side FC Barcelona 3–0. In the 2006–07 season, Ramos won the UEFA Cup for the second consecutive season after a 2–2 draw against RCD Espanyol, which Sevilla won 3–1 on penalties. Ramos also led Sevilla to a 3rd place finish in La Liga in the 2006–07 season, which qualified them for the European Champions League for the 2007–08 season. He also won the Copa del Rey, beating Getafe CF and pipped La Liga title holders Real Madrid to the Spanish Super Cup.
Ramos claimed he turned down a "dizzying" offer to become Tottenham Hotspur manager in August 2007, but ended speculation on his future at Sevilla, by stating in September 2007 that he would stay with the club until the end of the season. However, following Tottenham manager Martin Jol's sacking on 25 October 2007, Ramos was again tipped to become his replacement. Ramos resigned as coach of Sevilla on 26 October, 2007 and became Tottenham Hotspur manager the following day on a four-year deal, which will reportedly be worth over 6 million euros a year, making him one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League.
Ramos inherited a Tottenham side falling well short of expectations as their poor defending meant they were in the relegation zone when Ramos arrived. . His first game in charge of Tottenham was a 2-0 win against Blackpool in the Carling Cup at White Hart Lane, courtesy of goals from Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda. Slowly but surely Tottenham have climbed up the Premier League table, but it is the progress Ramos has made in the cups that has really caught the eye. Tottenham's UEFA Cup campaign had begun badly, with Spurs losing 2-1 at home to Getafe in the first match of the group stages, a game which proved to be former manager Martin Jol's last game in charge. However, a 2-0 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv and a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Aalborg BK, meant that Tottenham's 1-1 draw away to Anderlecht was enough to secure 2nd place in the group, and qualification to the knock-out stages. Spurs defeated Slavia Prague and won 1-0 against PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadion, but were beaten on penalties.
On 18 December 2007, Spurs travelled to the City of Manchester Stadium for their Carling Cup quarter-final against a Manchester City who up till that point had won every home game of the season, but despite playing with 10 men for over 70 minutes, Ramos still masterminded a 2-0 victory for Tottenham. This set up a semi-final with North London rivals Arsenal. The first leg at the Emirates Stadium ended with a 1-1 draw, but the return leg at White Hart Lane saw Tottenham emphatically win 5-1. It was Tottenham's first win in the North London derby since 1999, and the biggest win for either side in the derby since 1983. It also meant Tottenham made their first appearance at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium against Chelsea their first cup final since 2002. Spurs started the game at a high tempo, but fell behind to a free-kick from Didier Drogba. However a second half penalty from Dimitar Berbatov took the game to extra time, where Jonathan Woodgate scored the winner to give Spurs both their first trophy since 1999 and qualification for the 2008/2009 UEFA Cup.
|Tottenham Hotspur||27 October 2007||Present||54||22||16||16||40.74|
|Sevilla||1 July 2005||26 October 2007||133||75||28||30||56.39|
|Málaga||1 July 2003||30 June 2004||38||15||6||17||39.47|
|Espanyol||1 July 2002||September 2002||5||0||1||4||0|
|Real Betis||1 July 2001||30 June 2002||38||15||14||9||39.47|
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