No summer holiday for Spurs says Ramos

18 April 2008
Tottenham boss Juande Ramos is refusing to give his players the summer off as he looks to help the club challenge for major silverware next season. Ramos was unhappy with the state of the players diet when he arrived at the club back in October and has transformed the players with a tough fitness regime.The move paid off as he steered his side to their first piece of major silverware since 1999 when they won the Carling Cup Final against Chelsea.

Despite having nothing left to play for in the league when they face Wigan on Saturday, Ramos is already looking to next season and does not want his players to lose their physical condition over the summer break.

Ramos said: "It is advisable for them to come back in a state of physical fitness, so they can start work.

"They will have a work plan but they will also have the freedom to do what they like."

Ramos is hoping his players can end the season on a high note and get back on the winning trail at the JJB Stadium after managing just one victory in their last five games.

One player who is desperate to maintain his best form is Michael Dawson who has aspirations of breaking into the England squad for the two friendlies against the USA and Trinidad and Tobago next month.

The Tottenham boss has nothing but admiration for the partnership he has forged with Jonathan Woodgate at the heart of the defence and feels he is good enough to play for his country.

Ramos added: "What he has to do is work as hard he can for the team and put in some good performances and then the national team manager will look at him.

"I don't think he has to impress Fabio Capello, he just has to keep doing the best for his team. Along with Woodgate they are two magnificent players."