Juande Ramos becomes the first Premier League manager to get sacked this season.
Earlier in the Premier League season, both Kevin Keegan and Alan Curbishley resigned.
Ramos has been sacked by Spurs almost the day to the year he was first appointed, on 26 October 2007.
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.
I don’t suppose Ramos will come out of his time at Spurs too badly, even without taking into account any severance package. Given his successes at Sevilla, his services should be in demand in Spain or elsewhere in Europe.
The sacking of Ramos by Spurs bringing the total number of managerial changes in the Premier League and Football League since the start of the season to 8.
However, 54 of the 92 managers of Premier League and Football League clubs have been in the job a year or more, and 33 have been in the job two years or more, a significant improvement since 31 December 2007.
Perhaps clubs in trouble are beginning to realise that sacking the manager doesn’t necessarily solve anything. Or perhaps the number of sackings will increase as the January transfer window approaches, when chairmen and the boards of directors of such clubs start looking at who they want at the helm before spending any money to get the club out of trouble.