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Redknapp set to replace Ramos

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Harry Redknapp agreed to leave Portsmouth to replace Juande Ramos as Tottenham Hotspur manager just minutes after the Spaniard's sacking.

Spurs have agreed to a £5 million compensation deal with Pompey.

Redknapp told The Sun: "I was so happy at Portsmouth that until we got the phone call I never thought I would leave. But once Tottenham came in and the offer was made it was difficult for the club to turn down the offer.

"The deal was good for the club and it is a chance for me to manage a big, big club before I retire. Tottenham are a big club and it is a chance for me to see what I can do."

Ramos was fired late Saturday - exactly a year after Martin Jol was sacked - following its worst ever start to a league season.

The former Sevilla boss took just four months to win the Carling Cup in February - the club's first trophy since 1999 - but since then Spurs amazingly has won just three Premier League matches.

The club also fell to a 2-0 defeat to Serie A side Udinese in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

And after David Bentley and Jonathan Woodgate publicly criticised the team’s displays earlier this week, chairman Daniel Levy appears to have lost patience with the Spaniard’s stuttering regime.

Sporting director Daniel Comolli, who has been blamed for his poor command of Spurs' transfer activity, has also left been kicked out along with first team coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez.

Development coach, Clive Allen, and youth team manager, Alex Inglethorpe, will take charge of Sunday’s match against Bolton at White Hart Lane.

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