WE British are a funny lot.
We revel in the demise of fallen giants, so there aren’t too many folk weeping over the sight of Spurs propping up the Premier League.
Indeed, there was almost universal glee at Hull City’s achievements in claiming a North London double over Arsenal and Spurs on consecutive weekends.
I always think of Spurs as being poor relations in that particular corner of the capital, like Manchester City have been until recently in the North West.
They are a club of truly great tradition but they can’t live forever on the memories of Bill Nicholson’s push-and-run side, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Jimmy Greaves and Glenn Hoddle.
How on earth a guy with a no-nonsense image like Juande Ramos could have sanctioned the sales of Berbatov, Defoe and Keane without the insurance or replacements is beyond me.
In the wake of the Hull catastrophe and with the boos ringing in his ears, Ramos admitted the attack was the weak part of his side and came out with the profound statement that it’s going to be hard to win matches if his team doesn’t score goals.
The man’s a genius. I seem to remember a certain Christian Gross running the gauntlet of Spurs fans and he didn’t last long.
Mind you he hasn’t done too badly in Switzerland, so perhaps Senor Ramos will soon be saying adios and resurrecting his career in Malaga.
I CAN exclusively reveal that Leeds United have been trying to sign a young Indian striker by the name Sunil Chhetri.
He plays for East Bengal and scored a hat trick recently for his country in the Asian Challenge Cup Final against Tajikistan, India’s most major triumph for a quarter of a century.
India’s team manager is Englishman Bob Houghton, who led Malmo to the European Cup Final against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1979.
It was Bob who revealed Leeds’ move for Chhetri to me, but he said English clubs will always struggle to get work permits for Indian footballers.
He also told me he’d made a polite inquiry to Sunderland’s Michael Chopra about the possibility of playing for India (the birthplace of his grandparents) but that the Premier League striker had looked bemused due to the fact that neither he nor his parents had ever visited the country.
I find it very strange that England is considering making Spaniard Manuel Almunia (pictured) its No1 goalkeeper and that the Olympic games was a showpiece for athletes competing under flags of convenience, when there are so many anomalies.