Ex-Spurs flop reigniting his career in Eastern Europe

Juande Ramos

Former Spurs manager Juande Ramos is finally reigniting his career with a fantastic season with Dnipro Dniproprovetsk in the Ukraine. Could he return to the Premier League?

Do Tottenham fans remember Juande Ramos? I am sure many do and for all the wrong reasons. The League Cup win of 2007-08 is overshadowed by his less appealing achievement at White Hart Lane; overseeing the clubs worst ever start to a Premier League season in 2008-09.

After eight games Spurs were bottom of the table with just two points and Ramos had seemingly run out of ideas after just a year in charge. He, and his entire backroom staff plus sporting director Damien Comolli were sacked.

Harry Redknapp replaced them and went on to create a formidable Spurs team that challenged regularly for a top four finish while Ramos was left rueing his decision to leave Sevilla for the Premier League.

But his reputation continued to precede him. His record at Sevilla was tremendous. Two UEFA Cup successes in a row and a third placed finish in La Liga were the pinnacle of his success.

Such a record alerted him to the attention of Real Madrid who replaced Bernd Schuster with Ramos in 2008. His time at Real was in fact a massive success; as much as people may tell you otherwise. In his first 18 games the side dropped just two points from a possible 54 and hauled themselves back into contention for the La Liga crown. A poor end to the season, including a 6-2 home defeat against bitter rivals Barcelona, signed his exit in the summer and he was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini.

To this day Juande Ramos remains one of the best five Madrid managers in terms of win percentage.

His career took a new path when he took up the role as manager of CSKA Moscow in Russia in 2009 but just 47 days later he was sacked and his career appeared in tatters.

After a year out of the game he was appointed the manager at Ukrainian side Dnipro Dniproprovetsk and has begun to show what made him such a sought after manager in a bygone time. He has bought consistency to the side and this season has even had the fans daring to dream of more.

Despite going out to FC Basel at the round of 32 the success in the Europa League was still a welcome attraction for Dnipro fans. On a domestic front he has guided them to second place; holding off the challenge of Dynamo Kiev and Metalist Kharkiv for now.

The pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the division is a thankless task; 13 points clear and they have only dropped two points this season.

Finishing in second place means a lot in Ukraine; it would give Dnipro entry to the third round of qualifying for the Champions League rather than another season in the Europa League. If they achieve the feat one thing not for certain will be the future of Ramos. His contract with the club expires this summer and he is not one to hang around in a project to long and his time in Ukraine is already pushing toward his longest ever reign at a single club.

Could Ramos return to England? Where do you think his future lies?

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