Former Tottenham star Darren Bent has revealed how he felt outdated boss Juande Ramos ‘needed to go’ after gamers turned sick of consuming boring meals with no flavour… and having their favorite deal with BANNED.
Following one more managerial change at Watford this week, Bent joined talkSPORT to clarify how issues can shortly bitter behind the scenes at a membership.
And in Ramos’ case it was to do with one of many easiest issues – meals.
The Spaniard was in cost at White Hart Lane for simply in need of a yr. Issues appeared promising when he took over in October 2007 and led the north Londoners to League Cup glory that season – ending their lengthy look forward to a trophy.
But it surely wasn’t to be, with Ramos given the boot in October 2008 and changed by Harry Redknapp after overseeing the membership’s worst-ever begin to a marketing campaign, as Spurs sat rock-bottom after claiming simply two factors from their first eight video games.
It wasn’t simply their type on the pitch that contributed to his exit, although, with Bent saying he and his teammates begged the boss to offer them correct meals to eat, together with their favorite apple crumble.
Ramos was apparently shocked by the unhealthy meals served at Tottenham when he arrived, and shortly put his new group on a strict no-sauce and no-sugar weight-reduction plan.
Tom Huddlestone was among the many gamers to confess it led to him shedding the kilos, however Bent says he and the group had been depressing due to it. Roman Pavlyuchenko even mentioned he hated the meals at Spurs a lot he introduced his spouse over from Russia to begin cooking for him at house. Nightmare.
When Redknapp got here in, legend has it on his first day the brand new supervisor slapped a bottle of tomato ketchup on the canteen desk and advised the gamers: “I hear you’ve been hungry, lads”.
Redknapp advised the press he was extra bothered about Spurs gamers’ obvious lack of ability to move the ball, fairly than them consuming an excessive amount of of the crimson stuff.
Steamed broccoli, dry grilled rooster and plain pasta with no sauce (who does that?) was out… and in?
“I’ve seen gamers who run round for 90 minutes and so they eat steak and kidney pie, chips, peas, no matter, two-and-a-half hours earlier than kick-off,” mentioned the brand new boss. “Everyone seems to be completely different. It’s nice that we now have health folks now. However in the event you can’t move the ball straight …”
And it seems Bent and the remainder of the Tottenham group had been grateful for Redknapp’s menu modifications… and outcomes quickly improved.
“It’s superb the carry a brand new supervisor provides the group,” the previous striker mentioned on Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“When Harry got here in, we received the subsequent sport then went on a fantastic run with some large, large wins. You look again and assume, ‘the place was that earlier than?’
“I’m guessing generally gamers simply turn out to be a bit uninterested in the identical voice and the identical concepts.
“With Juande, he got here in and bought success with the League Cup, however I feel he tried to alter an excessive amount of, too shortly.
“It was a bit like Fabio Capello when he was supervisor of England, he was the identical. He modified the menu, all of the meals, and the boys had been similar to, ‘woah’. It was too drastic, too fast.
“Then, after the 2010 World Cup the place it didn’t go to plan, he softened a bit bit and adjusted the menu once more.”
Sounds ridiculous proper? Multi-millionaire footballers complaining concerning the meals they’re given, free of charge, by their membership. Bent is effectively conscious.
However the former Spurs star says it’s a reasonably large deal in the event you’re making an attempt to handle the temper of a group, have them mentally prepared for a sport and get them in your facet.
Apparently plain pasta, rooster and greens simply doesn’t do it.
They weren’t even allowed salt and pepper on their meals, with tomato ketchup an absolute no-no.
And junk meals? Don’t even go there – as defender Younes Kaboul came upon when Ramos found he’d hoovered up a McDonalds one time.
Bent continued: “Normally, the evening earlier than a sport there could be a few meat choices, some fish, rice, greens, after which the desert was all the time a crumble, which the gamers used to love.
“Salt, pepper, sauces, all the things.
“However when Juande got here in, there was one meat choice, one fish, and perhaps plain rice and greens – that was it.
“There was no salt, no pepper… no flavour!
“There was no crumble, both.
“Once you’ve educated within the morning, you’ve had your lunch on the coaching floor, which isn’t normally that nice, and then you definitely get on a coach and get to the resort and assume, ‘I’m a bit hungry, I can’t look forward to dinner’ and there’s just a few dry rice…
“There was additionally dry pasta- a pasta choice with no sauce. You try to eat pasta with no sauce… you’ve bought to go! Pasta, no sauce, no salt or pepper, not even a tomato!
“Dry pasta, dry rooster, plain greens… and no crumble. Individuals tried, folks mentioned to him: ‘Look, Juande, persons are struggling…’
“Even our captain Ledley King was like: ‘Pay attention gaffer, we’re struggling right here, what’s up with this meals?’.
“After all we needed to undergo his assistant, as a result of Juande’s English wasn’t the very best…
“Actually, it was robust. The meals was actually robust to eat.
“It sounds actually foolish, however actually it was actually robust!”
In the future there’s crumble, Juande it’s gone…
It’s a troublesome life being a footballer, isn’t it?