Martin Jol's shaky job future at Tottenham is being linked with plans to sell the club by chairman Daniel Levy.
It is believed that Tottenham even approached sports retailing entrepreneur Mike Ashley, the new owner of Newcastle United, earlier this year, with an asking price of £200 million.
The Spurs administration had hoped to see an expansive performance that would sweep away newly promoted opponents and send out a signal of intent for the season. Instead, a row developed.
Levy and fellow Tottenham directors are convinced Jol cannot deliver them a top four finish, which led to talks with Sevilla coach Juande Ramos. It's suggested the appointment of Ramos as a matter of when, rather than if, while former German World Cup coach Jurgen Klinsmann remains another option for the club.