Jol axed by Spurs

This week Martin Jol finally got axed by Tottenham after a series of terrible results.

As a Gooner I suppose I should be happy but the whole affair leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

This is not an attack on Spurs but, considering they rarely win anything, they have outrageously high expectations.

Under the Dutchman the North London side have battled their way to two fifth place finishes in two seasons.

And, although they have outlaid more money this season, they never gave Jol enough time to realise the ambitions of the squad.

Gone are the days when clubs gave their managers years to achieve success for and, considering that Tottenham have rarely played such good football or had such a good run in Europe, the move to sack Jol may come back to haunt them.

It looks as if Juande Ramos will be the new man at the Lane and I’m sure everyone will wish him luck.

Because if he doesn’t bring the club immediate success his days may be numbered.


What is going on at the Lane?

If I were Martin Jol I would just up and leave Tottenham.

Jol took over at the Lane after Jacques Santini left the club in the lurch and quit after just a handful of games back in November 2004.

And since then Spurs have been fantastic.

They have assembled a first-class squad including four of the Premier League’s most talented strikers, have become a regular fixture in the UEFA Cup and, of course, established themselves as the best club outside the top four.

After bringing in Darren Bent for an astronomical fee in the summer it was clear that they would need to do well again this season – but so far they have been lacklustre.

Apart form the 4-0 victory over a hapless Derby County side destined for the drop, Tottenham have looked lightweight, especially in defence, and were soundly beaten at home to Everton.

But it has only been three games and the way they are treating Jol is nothing short of a disgrace.
No manager should have to accept his job being whored around Europe, especially if they have performed as admirably as the Dutchman has.

Just quit Martin – they don’t deserve you.