Ramos resigns from Sevilla to ease Tottenham move

Society Materials 27 October 2007 04:46 (UTC +04:00)

( AFP ) - Juande Ramos has moved closer to succeeding Martin Jol as Tottenham manager after resigning from his post at Sevilla, it was revealed on Friday.

Sevilla had given Ramos the green light for him to become the new Tottenham manager after the sacking of Martin Jol, Marca sports daily said Friday.

According to Marca, the struggling English Premiership club handed Ramos an ultimatum that he accept their offer or it would be withdrawn.

The coach has accepted a four-year deal, reportedly worth seven million euros a season, it said.

Spurs want a swift appointment as they look to salvage something from their season, with signs pointing to Ramos taking over.

Luis Fabiano was among the Sevilla players bracing themselves for Ramos' departure from Spanish football and Gus Poyet, the man tipped to assist him, will not be in the dugout as assistant boss of Leeds at the weekend.

"In the best interests of the team he will not be in attendance at Elland Road for the fixture against Millwall to allow the players to fully focus on the game without any distractions," read a statement from Leeds.

Spurs were revealed to be interested in Ramos on the first week of the season when officials famously met him at the Alfonso XIII hotel in Sevilla.

Jol looked undermined but was not sacked until Thursday after the UEFA Cup defeat to Getafe at the end of a bizarre evening at White Hart Lane which has been described by League Managers' Association chief executive John Barnwell as "extremely disturbing."