Bent reveals how new manager arrived 30 seconds after previous boss was sacked

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has revealed that the Tottenham squad were left shocked when Harry Redknapp walked in just thirty seconds after the players were informed that Juande Ramos had been sacked in 2008.

Ramos replaced Martin Jol as the Spurs manager midway into the 2007-08 season and there were a lot of encouraging signs in the Spaniard’s initial few months at the club.

Under his guidance, Tottenham lifted the League Cup after thrashing Arsenal in the semi-final and beating Chelsea after extra time in the final, which remains the last competitive trophy the club have won to date.

However, Spurs sold both Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane the subsequent summer and the team made the worst start in the Premier League era during the 2008/09 season, registering just two points in their first eight games (Guardian).

Bent revealed that the players were gathered at the hotel the day before the match against Bolton and were informed that Ramos had been relieved of his duties.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England striker said: “When I was at Spurs we had Juande Ramos as the manager.

“He got sacked in the evening of a game, and the chairman came in and said: ‘By the way, we’ve sacked Juande Ramos.’

“The next thing we knew Harry Redknapp strolled in and said: ‘Hi Guys, you alright?’

“Out of nowhere we were sitting in this room and he just strolled in – it was the most bizarre thing.

“It was literally 30 seconds after – we didn’t even see Ramos leave, but we saw Harry come in!”

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I suspect Levy would have never even considered appointing Redknapp had he not feared for the club’s safety that season as we were adrift at the bottom of the table. As it happened, Harry proved to be an inspired appointment as he turned our fortunes around and guided us Champions League qualification in his first full season in charge.

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