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Tottenham Announce Exits of Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey from Coaching Staff

Tottenham Hotspur's assistant coachs Chris Ramsey, left, and Les Ferdinand watch from the sideline during their Europa League round of 16, second leg, soccer match with Benfica Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Benfica's Luz stadium. (AP Photo / Armando Franca)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur have parted ways with first-team coaches Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, the club’s official Twitter revealed on Thursday:

Ferdinand returned to the club where he enjoyed ample success as a player in 2008 to take up a coaching role, while Ramsey’s dismissal ends a 10-year stay at White Hart Lane.

The pair worked alongside former manager Tim Sherwood during his five-month reign in the hot seat, but after Sherwood was sacked back in May, it was only a matter of time before his background staff followed.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Tim Sherwood, manager of Tottenham Hotspur smiles with forwards coach Les Ferdinand during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on December 29, 2013 in London, England
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Sherwood, Ferdinand and Ramsey orchestrated a sixth-place finish for Spurs last season but paid the price for not overseeing a top-four finish, resulting in Sherwood losing his job.

However, the view from the players is that the trio worked wonders at White Hart Lane, with youngster Zeki Fryers saying they were directly responsible for his development—per Matt Barlow of Mail Online:

"Tim, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand are great coaches and they did a lot of work with me and they helped me improve my game, to get forward more and introduce something new to my game and become a more modern full-back."

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his second goal with Tim Sherwood (R), manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Chris Ramsey during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland a
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Yet with the Mauricio Pochettino revolution underway at Tottenham, it was only a matter of time before Ramsey and Ferdinand headed for the exit door.

The former Southampton boss has already brought in assistant manager Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D'Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez as he looks to give fans the Champions League football they so sorely crave.

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Though Ferdinand and Ramsey’s departures mark the end of an era for Spurs, exciting times undoubtedly await under the guidance of Pochettino.

The Argentinian demonstrated his tactical prowess with Southampton last term, and while he needs to have a truly great campaign to win over the ruthless Tottenham faithful, he’s the perfect man to do just that.

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