Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol is reported to be among the candidates to replace Sam Allardyce at Newcastle.
Martin Jol – is he good enough for Newcastle?
But why would Newcastle think Martin Jol would be the manager to make them successful? He couldnâ€™t do that at Tottenham and was replaced after Newcastle beat Tottenham 3-1 at St. Jamesâ€™ Park on 22nd October last year. Yes, we know he had Spurs in 5th place two years running, but he couldn’t take them any further after spending millions last summer.
Jol appears to be waiting for the chance to manage a big club like Newcastle, having recently turned down an interview at Fulham and the offer of managing PSV Eindhoven.
Jol was offered the Newcastle manager position two years ago and the contract was worth around Â£3M a season but Martrin decided to stay at Tottenham and Newcastle appointed Glenn Roeder instead on a permanent deal.
Jol enjoyed a couple of successful seasons at Tottenham and only narrowly missed out on two Champions League qualifications. However, he couldnâ€™t take Tottenham to the next step and if Newcastle sacked Sam Allardyce surely we will be bringing in a manager with better credentials.
We would look for Jose Mourinho or Sven Eriksson, that type of manager, otherwise we should have stood by Big Sam.
What the disaster scenario will be for Newcastle fans is if Newcastle appoint a mediocre manager. We did that when we appointed Graeme Souness to replace Sir Bobby Robson and that appointment was doomed from the very beginning.
Remember also that Chris Mort and Mike Ashley, by their own admission, are not footballing people.