By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger admits that he was “surprised” at how badly things went for Juande Ramos during his Tottenham tenure.

After steering the side to Carling Cup glory last season, Ramos went on to lead Spurs to their worst ever start to a league campaign, winning just two points from eight games. The disastrous run led to the sacking of Tottenham’s manager, his assistant Gus Poyet and Director of Football Damien Comolli.

Wenger, well aware of the Spaniard’s managerial calibre, had a few suggestions as to why things had gone so badly after such a positive start. The Frenchman even suggested that the Carling Cup triumph might have had a negative effect on Spurs.

“I am very surprised it didn't work [for Ramos],” said Wenger. “I rate him personally. When we played against Sevilla [in the Champions League group stages last season] they played fantastic football and he did make quite a good start [with Spurs] last year.

“What happens sometimes in this league when a team wins the Carling Cup is they suddenly switch off. Without noticing, slowly you lose results. If then you do not start well the next season - which happened to him - slowly he lost confidence or maybe his environment lost confidence in him. I feel sorry for him because I rate him as a coach and as a man.”

Ramos took charge at White Hart Lane last October and Wenger suggested that it was this mid-season switch that had eventually worked against the Spaniard.

“It always takes some time to get your ideas through,” said the Frenchman. “Had he arrived at the beginning of the season, nobody would be talking about him being sacked now. The fact that he arrived at middle of the season last year means that people are less patient. If he was in the same position now having arrived in July I don't think he would be sacked.

“You would always want people to be given more time but on the other hand they have to make decisions.”

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29 Oct 2008