Former Spurs head coach Juande Ramos believes that the summer departures of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane were key factors in his sacking by the English Premier League club.
Former Real Betis, Espanyol and Sevilla tactician Ramos was axed by Spurs at the weekend, with his side having made a dismal start to the new season, having earned just two points from eight games.
Ramos told his personal website: "In the summer we experienced a difficult pre-season due to the changes in the squad, which prevented us from working with the tranquillity that the summer preparation needs.
"Furthermore the young age of some of the signings, despite their quality, means they needed some time to adapt and mature, which because of the urgency of the competitions they have not yet been awarded.
"Also the departures of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, important players in the team for their technical and human qualities and their scoring abilities, were too hard a blow for the squad.
"After almost 20 years in the game I know the unwritten rules of football and that's why I accept the decision taken by the leaders of Tottenham Hotspur.
"We achieved the difficult challenge of lifting a title, which after nine years without tasting success, was an enormous joy for all at the club and the fans."