The Daily Mail says Martin Jol was called to a meeting with chairman Daniel Levy and his fellow directors before the UEFA Cup tie with Getafe and told that it would be his last match.
Tottenham's players knew nothing of developments until Jol told them in the dressing room after the match, even though news had spread by then to supporters who chanted the popular Dutchman's name during the game.
At the same time, Levy was captured on television laughing in the directors' box at the remark of a colleague who had just whispered in his ear.
On the eve of the match Jol said he had no intention of walking away from White Hart Lane but yesterday afternoon he was informed that his employers had Ramos - with former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet as his assistant - lined up to replace him.
Tottenham now believe they have the Spaniard, who is expected to take charge next week, with Poyet among his assistants.
Sources at Leeds United said they knew nothing of Poyet's involvement but Elland Road's Uruguayan assistant manager was at Spurs' game at Newcastle on Monday with manager Dennis Wise.
Ramos' assistant at Sevilla, Ramon Rodriguez Monchi, was at White Hart Lane last night but the fact that neither he nor Ramos speak good English has persuaded them to add the Spanish-speaking Poyet to the staff as well.