Byline: Tom Collomosse
JUANDE RAMOS is rapidly coming to learn that patience is not a word often associated with English football.
The Spaniard has been given some slack by the Tottenham board and the club's fans because it is never easy settling into a new environment.
He has now been in charge for 11 months but with his team sitting bottom of the Premier League with only one point, the pressure is starting to build.
There have been 13 managers in charge at White Hart Lane since the successful reign of Keith Burkinshaw came to an end in 1984; Terry Venables is the longest serving and he only managed four years.
So UEFA Cup football arrives at the Lane tonight as a welcome distraction for Ramos and he used the occasion to be heard in English for the first time yesterday.
Answering questions at the pre-match press conference with humour, it was difficult to detect any sign of a problem.
Yet, it has taken nearly a year for Ramos to begin to master his new native tongue in public; chairman Daniel Levy will be hoping it doesn't take another 11 months before he starts to master the art of management on an English pitch.
Ramos forged his reputation with success in knockout football and the Tottenham manager knows that progress in cup competitions may now represent his best chance of maintaining it.
Ramos's team face Polish champions Wisla Krakow in the first round of the UEFA Cup won twice by the Spaniard at Sevilla in 2006 and 2007..
Levy's decision to sack the popular Martin Jol and appoint Ramos seemed to have paid off when the Spaniard led the side to the Carling Cup in February, their first trophy for nine years.
But Ramos is nothing like as effective in the Premier League, as just three League wins from since that Wembley win over Chelsea demonstrate.
The cards seem to be stacked against the manager. Spurs are bottom; leading strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov have been sold; main transfer target Andrei Arshavin unsigned; Darren Bent continues to struggle in front of goal; Ledley King is still missing more games than he plays and new signing Luca Modric is out injured. …