Tottenham Hotspurs manager Juande Ramos believes his job is safe despite presiding over the club’s worst start to a season for 53 years.
Speaking after Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth, a result which leaves the London club rooted to the foot of the Premier League, Ramos insists he continues to have the confidence of the Spurs hierarchy.
Goals from Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch gave Pompey a comfortable win at Fratton Park where a disappointing display resulted in travelling supporters chanting at Ramos: ”You don’t know what you’re doing.”
With just two points from a possible 18 Tottenham are in a worse position than they were at the same stage last season, a poor start which led to Martin Jol’s sacking.
Ramos, though, remains sanguine about his job prospects.
When asked if he had the confidence of his employers, Ramos said: “Absolutely, we speak regularly and everyone is aware of our delicate position.
“But Whether I survive is for the chairman and the board to decide. My job does not depend on me. We have a board and a chairman who decide that sort of thing”.
Ramos lamented refereeing decisions which he feels are going against Spurs at the moment.
”Things are going against us and nobody is helping us,” he said. “Everyone is quite upset about it.
”For example, we lost an appeal on a penalty here (at Fratton Park) and they got one in a similar incident. We went 1-0 down but could have equalised before they got their second. Against Wigan, too, critical decisions did not go our way.
”There is another game on Thursday in a different competition and the players know they must recover quickly. Does it hurt when the fans say those things? No, it hurts only when we cannot win games.”
Defeat in the UEFA Cup against Wisla Krakow, when Spurs defend a narrow 2-1 first-leg lead in Poland, could heap further pressure on Ramos.