Ramos: I'll bring Verdy back to J1
By Stephen Taylor / Daily Yomiuri Sports Writer
Ruy Ramos urged Tokyo Verdy supporters to get behind the
club in its bid to earn promotion from the J.League's second division next
The 48-year-old Brazilian was speaking at a press conference
held at the club's headquarters on Sunday to confirm his appointment as
"My objective is to bring the team back to J1," he
Last season, Ramos was a member of the coaching staff at
Kashiwa Reysol, whose 5-1 victory on Nov. 26 consigned Verdy into J2 for the
first time in its illustrious history.
"I helped to bring down the team and felt it was my
mission to bring the club back to J1," added the former Verdy star.
Ramos stressed the need for a change in thinking among the
players as they set about their challenge next year.
"The first thing I want to do is instil a sense of
professionalism. I am looking for players that can show emotional strength and
passion--more than good technique.
"If they cannot provide this, I don't want them."
When asked about life in the lower division, the former
Japan international was under no illusions about the task in hand.
"J2 is a little difficult as there are so many games 
in the season. Competition will be heated for the team and it will be a new
experience for us."
Finally, his message for the Verdy supporters was simple and
"Please join us in our fight. By the time the season is
over, we will give you something to smile about."