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Football: Ramos In As Real Madrid Fires Schuster

Posted on: December 9, 2008

MADRID : Spanish champions Real Madrid have fired manager Bernd Schuster and replaced him with former Tottenham and Sevilla coach Juande Ramos, club spokesman Miguel Angel Arroyo confirmed Tuesday.

Real sports director Pedja Mijatovic said he had held an earlier meeting with Schuster, at which the German “accepted” the decision but “was sad to do so”.

Ramos, 54, has been given an initial six-month deal at the Spanish giants.

“This is the dream of every coach, I hope I don’t disappoint anybody. I don’t think there is any higher level than arriving at Real Madrid,” he told a news conference.

Schuster’s head was placed firmly on the block on Sunday when Real slipped to a humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Sevilla, a result that left them languishing in fifth place in the league, nine points behind leaders Barcelona.

The 48-year-old led Real to the Spanish league title last season, his first in charge, but has been under pressure as early as November following the club’s elimination from the King’s Cup by third-division Real Union.

But it appears the final nail in the coffin was Schuster’s remarks to the Spanish press last weekend, when he said his injury-riddled side had no chance in next weekend’s game in the Nou Camp against arch rivals Barcelona.

Ramos guided Tottenham to the League Cup last season but was sacked by the English side in October following a disastrous start to the season that saw the Londoners bottom of the Premier League.

But he enjoys a healthy reputation in Spain based on his successes with Sevilla which included two UEFA Cup wins in 2006 and 2007.

Ramos takes over for a Champions League match at home to Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately there is not much time for work. It’s not easy but if we make a few improvements to the team, we will already be much more ahead,” he said.

There is little at stake in the Zenit game, however, as Real have already ensured their qualification for the last 16 which will be contested in late February. – AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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Football: Ramos In As Real Madrid Fires Schuster

Posted on: December 9, 2008

MADRID : Spanish champions Real Madrid have fired manager Bernd Schuster and replaced him with former Tottenham and Sevilla coach Juande Ramos, club spokesman Miguel Angel Arroyo confirmed Tuesday.

Real sports director Pedja Mijatovic said he had held an earlier meeting with Schuster, at which the German “accepted” the decision but “was sad to do so”.

Ramos, 54, has been given an initial six-month deal at the Spanish giants.

“This is the dream of every coach, I hope I don’t disappoint anybody. I don’t think there is any higher level than arriving at Real Madrid,” he told a news conference.

Schuster’s head was placed firmly on the block on Sunday when Real slipped to a humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Sevilla, a result that left them languishing in fifth place in the league, nine points behind leaders Barcelona.

The 48-year-old led Real to the Spanish league title last season, his first in charge, but has been under pressure as early as November following the club’s elimination from the King’s Cup by third-division Real Union.

But it appears the final nail in the coffin was Schuster’s remarks to the Spanish press last weekend, when he said his injury-riddled side had no chance in next weekend’s game in the Nou Camp against arch rivals Barcelona.

Ramos guided Tottenham to the League Cup last season but was sacked by the English side in October following a disastrous start to the season that saw the Londoners bottom of the Premier League.

But he enjoys a healthy reputation in Spain based on his successes with Sevilla which included two UEFA Cup wins in 2006 and 2007.

Ramos takes over for a Champions League match at home to Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately there is not much time for work. It’s not easy but if we make a few improvements to the team, we will already be much more ahead,” he said.

There is little at stake in the Zenit game, however, as Real have already ensured their qualification for the last 16 which will be contested in late February. – AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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Football: Ramos In As Real Madrid Fires Schuster

Posted on: December 9, 2008

MADRID : Spanish champions Real Madrid have fired manager Bernd Schuster and replaced him with former Tottenham and Sevilla coach Juande Ramos, club spokesman Miguel Angel Arroyo confirmed Tuesday.

Real sports director Pedja Mijatovic said he had held an earlier meeting with Schuster, at which the German “accepted” the decision but “was sad to do so”.

Ramos, 54, has been given an initial six-month deal at the Spanish giants.

“This is the dream of every coach, I hope I don’t disappoint anybody. I don’t think there is any higher level than arriving at Real Madrid,” he told a news conference.

Schuster’s head was placed firmly on the block on Sunday when Real slipped to a humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Sevilla, a result that left them languishing in fifth place in the league, nine points behind leaders Barcelona.

The 48-year-old led Real to the Spanish league title last season, his first in charge, but has been under pressure as early as November following the club’s elimination from the King’s Cup by third-division Real Union.

But it appears the final nail in the coffin was Schuster’s remarks to the Spanish press last weekend, when he said his injury-riddled side had no chance in next weekend’s game in the Nou Camp against arch rivals Barcelona.

Ramos guided Tottenham to the League Cup last season but was sacked by the English side in October following a disastrous start to the season that saw the Londoners bottom of the Premier League.

But he enjoys a healthy reputation in Spain based on his successes with Sevilla which included two UEFA Cup wins in 2006 and 2007.

Ramos takes over for a Champions League match at home to Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately there is not much time for work. It’s not easy but if we make a few improvements to the team, we will already be much more ahead,” he said.

There is little at stake in the Zenit game, however, as Real have already ensured their qualification for the last 16 which will be contested in late February. – AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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