Ramos is not special, just perfect for Tottenham

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Juande Ramos has been compared to Jose Mourinho since arriving in England, but he has revealed his nickname at Tottenham is the 'Perfect One' not the 'Special One'.

Ramos was appointed head coach at Spurs a month after Mourinho left Chelsea, with the Carling Cup secured within four months to end the club's nine-year trophy drought.

Like Mourinho, Ramos has earned a reputation of changing games with brave substitutions and bruising egos with his ruthless selection policy. The Spaniard said: "In the club they call me the 'Perfect One'. It was the press that called me the 'Ruthless One' when I changed certain players who were untouchables. It's nothing more than a silly little name."

Ramos also changed training regimes and diets to get his players fitter – he wanted to change everything he could to try to forge a winning mentality.

"We did none of the things that the team was doing before our arrival," he said in the magazine of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. "If they used to train on one pitch and leave through a certain door, then we changed the training to another pitch and sent them out through a different door. We changed timetables, diet, everything. We wanted them to forget everything from before, like it never existed."

The result was beating Chelsea at Wembley, with Ramos adding: "Honestly, I'm happy for the fans more than anything, because in a big club like this one, nine years of winning absolutely nothing had generated a pessimism throughout the entire club that was impossible to measure."

Progress in his brief time at the club has raised hopes of upsetting the Premier League top four and qualifying for the Champions League. "I don't see why we cannot force our way into the top four with the players we have got here," said the Spurs full-back Alan Hutton. The manager will be strengthening the squad and you can see we can play well and are a good team, so hopefully we can challenge in the future."

Spurs have announced that Michael Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, has increased his stake in the club to 3.96 per cent. Ashcroft, who is Watford's biggest shareholder, is believed to be worth £950m. Spurs' share price has risen sharply in the last year amid speculation that the majority shareholder Enic could be ready to sell up.

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