Beleaguered boss Ramos determined to fight on
Under pressure Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos has insisted he will not walk away from the troubled club following their latest defeat at home to Hull City.
Ramos believes his side showed enough in the second half against Hull to suggest their are signs of improvement but a team which is incapable of keeping a clean sheet has now not scored in the Premier League since the 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa - and that was a lucky deflected goal.
"Any decision on my future is not up to me but I am determined to put it right. It is my job, my work," he said. "The main problem for us is scoring goals. You have to score to win games and we are finding that difficult.
"But if we continue to play similar to how we did against Hull we can change the situation.
"The effort was there and the players did their job very well. Their attitude was positive and when I speak to them they say they want to finish this situation quickly.''
At least the Spanish coach now has two weeks to try and work out what has gone wrong for a team which was expected to be battling to break into the top four this season.
The make-or-break for Ramos may well come in the next match on October 19 when Spurs travel to Stoke, directly above them in the table. Defeat in that match would leave the north London side marooned at the bottom and set for a season-long battle against the drop.
Spurs would be loath to sack a manager they worked hard to prise away from double UEFA Cup winners Sevilla less than a year ago. His record of 43 points from 32 games is hugely disappointing though he can point to Carling Cup final success against Chelsea.
Spurs' last home league win came against Portsmouth in March and they have triumphed in just three league games since claiming the Carling Cup.
It's reported that Ramos would be due £15-20million in compensation, another reason why he may be given more time to find a solution.
Ramos will discover today the extent of his striker problems when Roman Pavlyuchenko undergoes a scan on the ankle which saw him limp off in the first half to be replaced by Darren Bent.