Spurs rehash old statement to dismiss Hughes rumours
Why Ramos should take his vote of confidence with a pinch of salt
Tottenham have released a statement on their official website insisting that everything is fine and they would never in a million years consider replacing Juande Ramos with Mark Hughes.
The Club largely refrains from making statements of this nature unless absolutely necessary in order to set the record straight in light of wholly inaccurate reporting.
An article on the back page of this morning’s Sun newspaper reports that the Club has made an offer to Mark Hughes to take over as manager during the forthcoming international break.
This story is completely untrue and without foundation and the matter is being discussed with the publication.
Phew, that ends all that drama then! Or does it? The Spoiler has dug out a similar story on the club’s website from September 25 last year where they insist that Martin Jol’s job is safe, exactly a month before sacking him.
Normally we only have to remind fans to ignore speculation during transfers windows, and we do that in the best interests of our playing staff and our supporters. Given the level of speculation about Martin and his position at the Club we feel it is necessary to do the same thing now. Much of the reporting that has been carried since mid-August has been speculative and unfounded and accurately provided information has been disregarded.
The recurring themes in both statements are that it is an uncommon action for the club to take and that any newspaper reports are unfounded, something that was proven not to be true in Jol’s case. The major difference between the two are that Spurs decided to supplement the Jol statement with quotes from Daniel Levy to add more weight to the claims.
Rather tellingly, the new statement only dismisses reports that Hughes could arrive, rather than staunchly denying reports that Ramos could be replaced. The Spaniard’s name is not even mentioned throughout!