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Henry Deedes edits The Independent's Pandora column. He has previously worked as a journalist for the Daily Telegraph and as an assistant producer at NBC News's London bureau.

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Ramos - fluent in football, not in English

Posted by Henry Deedes
  • Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 04:27 pm
The appointment of Juande Ramos as coach of Real Madrid has come as a surprise to parts of the football community. 

After all, how can he be entrusted with the biggest club in the world when he has just made such a hodge podge of things at Spurs?

It’s a little harsh on Ramos, who had an excellent record at his previous job managing Seville.

Certainly, accusations that Spurs big money signings that arrived during his reign at White Hart Lane brought imbalance can’t be laid at his door – their much maligned former director of football, Damien Comolli, will have to bear that cross.

The Spaniard’s fundamental problem was his failure to get to grips the language.

I don’t possess any of the pre-required FIFA coaching badges needed to manage a premiership side, but even I can tell that a manager who is unable to exchange footballing cliches with Garth Crooks on Match of the Day stands no chance of instructing Jonathan Woodgate on his positional play.

The Spurs board would only have needed to speak to Crystal Palace. Does anyone remember the bizarre tenure of their non-speaking player-manager Attilio Lombardo?

Ah, you say, but what about our national manager, doesn’t an interpreter accompany him everywhere he goes?

Don’t be fooled by Don Fabio, I’m reliably informed his English is perfectly capable of putting Frank Lampard in his place. His pleas to the contrary merely provides an effective respite in dealing with the press.  Yes, he really is as intelligent as he looks.

Sunderland are currently making noises that they may turn to Europe in their hunt to replace Roy Keane. Might I suggest one that is well versed in the Queen’s English?


Smolensk 1941.
ron_broxted wrote:
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 05:00 pm (UTC)
"What is the English for score a goal?Or win a match?"Essential phrases for an Spurs boss.(I used to support Spurs.Now I do less embarrassing things.Bit of child molesting,bit of torture).


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