Have Kaboul’s criticisms of Ramos been vindicated?
Maybe it wasn’t just a bitter rant after all
While Younes Kaboul’s defending hasn’t earned him many rave reviews during his time in the Premier League with first Tottenham and now Portsmouth, The Spoiler thinks it’s time to give him credit for being one of the first to question the credentials of Juande Ramos.
When Kaboul criticised his then manager in April, saying that he deserved no credit for Tottenham’s Carling Cup success and accusing him of never speaking to his players, it was largely dismissed as a bitter attack by a player who Ramos, in a rare display of good squad management, realised wasn’t worthy of a starting place.
Back then Spurs fans were too busy planning their latest assault on the Big Four to take much notice of Kaboul’s rant but now that his comments appear to have been proven accurate, we thought they might be worth reliving:
“Tactically it has changed a bit, perhaps. But then, in terms of personality, Martin was a character. For us, he was a father figure, whereas Ramos, it is just tactics and nothing else.
“In training, we do a lot of stuff on the blackboard to work on our progress with the ball. Ramos has brought us that, but nothing else. What has saved us this season is the Carling Cup. People say we won the Carling Cup because Ramos arrived at the club, but that has nothing to do with him. We would have won it with Martin Jol.
“I played the entire first half of the season, but since the change of manager I have not played. I have had no explanation from him. He doesn’t talk, with anyone. Communication doesn’t exist with him. He isn’t playing me? That is his choice – I respect it, I am a professional.”