Woodgate so impressed by the Ramos regime at Spurs
JONATHAN Woodgate feels that new Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos will bring out the best in him. The centre-half, who made an outstanding home debut in Saturday s 1-1 draw against Manchester United, believes he is now playing for a proper manager – an
JONATHAN Woodgate feels that new Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos will bring out the best in him.
The centre-half, who made an outstanding home debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United, believes he is now playing for a "proper manager" - and already feels at home at the Lane.
"The fans are good here and the manager has won silverware," he told Ham&High Sport. "He knows what he is doing, he's a proper manager.
"He looks the part, the way he talks, and he's good. The manager has won cups in Spain, two Uefa Cups in a row, and he has done ever so well.
You may also want to watch:
"He's won the Spanish Cup and now he is doing well in the league. Every manager has different ways but I am enjoying the way things are.
"We are going in the right direction and that's why I came to Spurs. The manager, the players, you can see what they are trying to build. It is like when I was at Leeds and these new players came in and I was excited."
- 1 Charles de Gaulle's old Hampstead home on sale for £15m
- 2 Stunning photos show how King's Cross has changed in 20 years
- 3 Man charged with murder of Nicole Hurley in Primrose Hill
- 4 'Unacceptable': Ofsted inspection reveals failures of Haringey Council SEND
- 5 Hampstead bakery sells challah ribbons to boost mental health support
- 6 The Outsider: Residents take aim at plans for high street pub
- 7 Tributes paid to Primrose Hill mother-of-four as fundraiser launched
- 8 'Thank goodness we are not yet being shot in the street for protesting'
- 9 Coldplay and Ed Sheeran to perform at Earthshot Prize ceremony at Ally Pally
- 10 Crouch End drugs raid sees 'cannabis plants and equipment seized'
Woodgate's £8million move from Middlesbrough to Tottenham may have surprised many people but the player himself has no doubts it was the right thing to do.
"I could have stayed at Boro and had the easy, comfortable life," he explained. "I could have lived near my home and gone to the games and gone back home.
"But I wanted to come to Spurs and move to London and play for a good team who are going places. I am a footballer and I want to win things.
"I want to play for a club with ambition and try to win trophies. It is unfortunate that I had to move on but I am at a club who are going places."
Woodgate also feels the move from his native north-east will help his international ambitions. He was back in the England squad for last night's friendly against Switzerland at Wembley.
"There were a lot of internationals at Middlesbrough but there are a lot here as well," he said. "I'm sure Mr Capello will come to watch me a lot more at Tottenham. Spurs is closer to him while it is four hours to Middlesbrough - and it's a bit colder up there."
In the England Under 21 game on Tuesday night, two Spurs players started in the 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.
Aaron Lennon, who showed some of his party tricks on the wing, was joined by Tom Huddlestone in the midfield, while Jamie O'Hara remained on the substitutes' bench throughout.
Given his performance, Lennon would have hoped he managed to catch the eye of new England coach Fabio Capello.
While Lennon did not score in the game at St Mary's, Southampton's home, he always seemed the most likely to break down the Republic's defence with his trademark runs and pace.