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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 29, 2008

Kaboul belittles Ramos effect on Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul has launched an astonishing attack on manager Juande Ramos, claiming their Carling Cup triumph was 'nothing to do with him' and that they would still have won it under former boss Martin Jol.

Kaboul also claimed that Ramos does not communicate with the players and that the Spanish coach has not given him a chance since he replaced Jol last October.

Ramos has been widely praised for his work with Spurs after their disappointing start to the season, but Kaboul has not featured in the first-team since March 1 and is clearly unhappy with his life at White Hart Lane under Ramos.

'Tactically it has changed a bit, perhaps,' said Kaboul. '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 11 v 0 and 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.'

The 22-year-old Frenchman last played in the 4-1 defeat at the hands of struggling Birmingham at St Andrew's.

But Kaboul, signed from Auxerre last summer, has not featured regularly since Ramos replaced the ousted Jol.

'I played the entire first half of the season but since the change of manager, I have not played,' said Kaboul.

'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.

'I am young and it is the first time this has happened to me in my career. But I am not surprised because when you are a footballer, you must be prepared for that, for good and bad times.'

'Ramos has not really given me a chance. When a player doesn't have the confidence of his coach, he can't do much on the pitch. But when a coach has confidence in you, you take the handbrake off and you race away.'