If it wasn't for the old Soviet leader there wouldn't be all these teams battling out for qualification from the European groups for the 2010 World Cup and England may have had a chance.
...wouldn't they, after all it's not as if they have to save face, get revenge, hang onto they're England career or try and justify the worst Spurs player on show.
Spurs beat Hapoel Tel Aviv in the UEFA Cup but it was another dire, lacklustre performance and Juande Ramos has much work to do, firstly get rid of Jenas.
Juande Ramos' first league team sheet looked like a manager testing what he has at his disposal before he decides to jettison the deadwood and bring in his own players which could mean the season is one for rebuilding and finished now.
Martin Jol let it be known that it was chairman Levy and director of football Comolli that made the signings that created an unbalance to the team. Not that this came as a great surprise to many.
Spurs played like Martin Jol was still in charge as the lost at home 1-2 to Blackburn with the new boss watching on.
Spurs chairman and board manage to make themselves look even worse after it's disclosed they didn't tell Martin Jol he was sacked until after the Getafe game by which time it was leaked and he had found out by text.
Only Spurs second ever home loss in a European game, 2-1 to Getafe last night was overshadowed as rumours broke at half time about the manager Martin Jol leaving the job at the end of the game.
Spurs performance against Newcastle in a 3-1 defeat reached new levels of ineptness, especially by that waste of space Jenas as the players aren't playing for Jol anymore neither are they playing for club or fan.
Spurs progressed to the group stages of the UEFA Cup 7-2 on aggregate but looked inept in Cyprus as they could only draw 1-1 with Famagusta.
In what should have been a celebration of 125 years of Tottenham Hotspur they had to claw their way back from being 4-1 down to a 4-4 draw with Aston Villa, saving Martin Jol's job for a little longer.
Ex-Spurs UEFA Cup winning skipper and legend Graham Roberts hasn't been included in the 125th anniversary 50 Spurs legends celebration parade - but David Howells has.
Is Martin Jol trying to get out of White Hart Lane with his team selections, not having Bale or Defoe in the squad against Bolton has made many of the fans that back him start to question his position.
Spurs didn't sparkle in the UEFA Cup thrashing of Anorthosis Famagusta as they had done when last years European campaign kick started their season.
Could Jose Mourinho's shock exit from Chelsea see him make the short trip to the Lane to replace Martin Jol at Spurs?