The new Tottenham manager, whoever he may be, will meet a former occupant of the Tottenham managerial seat in Juande Ramos in the next round of the Europa League. In the Round of 32 Spurs will play Dnipro of Ukraine who are managed by Ramos who was in charge for just a year at White Hart Lane.
The draw was made today in Nyon and Tottenham face yet another lengthy journey in this season’s Europa League campaign which has already seen them travel to Georgia, Russia, Moldova and Norway. Dnipro finished second in Group E behind Fiorentina with 12 points from 4 wins and two defeats, losing both matches against the group winners.
Juande Ramos has been manager of Dnipro since 2010 and replaced Martin Jol at Tottenham in October, 2007 after he had impressed as manager of Sevilla who defeated Spurs in the UEFA Cup quarter-final the previous season. Sevilla went on to retain the trophy and their manager was courted by the Tottenham Chairman and directors that summer. On taking up his appointment he took Spurs to the Carling Cup Final win over Chelsea in 2008, the last manager to bring silverware to the club.
After that success, the season tailed off alarmingly and in the summer both strikers, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, left the club. Having taken only 2 points from the opening 8 league games, Ramos was sacked the following October to be replaced by Harry Redknapp.
The Round of 32 matches will be played on Thursday, 20th and 27th February with Spurs away in the 1st leg, courtesy of having finished top of their group.
If Spurs progress to the next round, they would play either PAOK Salonika or Benfica in the next round. These matches are to be played on 13th and 20th March. In the Round of 16 Spurs would be at home in the 1st leg.