Martin Jol has just resigned as manager of Ajax tonight, and that has obviously linked him with the vacant manager position at Newcastle.
Martin Jol – big admirer of Chris Hughton
But of course Chris Hughton was the Assistant manager to Martin Jol when he was at Tottenham a few years back, before they were finally sacked together in October, 2007, shortly after Newcastle hammered them 3-1 at St. James’ Park, when big Sam was Newcastle manager.
Chris then joined Kevin Keegan at Newcastle in the following February.
And it seems that Jol was prominent on a number of bookmakers’ lists for the Newcastle position, and with this new news is now presumably available to discuss his future with the club, after submitting his resignation at the Amsterdam club.
Martin was approached to be Fulham manager recently, but could not take the job because Ajax refused to release him from his contract.
It sounds a bit daft to suggest that Chris Hughton could become Martin’s assistant, but it would solve a lot of the the problems created at Newcastle with Chris leaving – as long as Newcastle give Chris a big wage increase to stay – we’d love to see a Jol/Hughton partnership on Tyneside.
But it’s a very long shot – we know – and would be a come down for Chris – but there again Chris has very little ego.
But he will also likely to get some good offers to manage other clubs, and would want to take up a new challenge as manager in pastures anew.
And a late update – we have just heard that Martin Jol has now been installed as odds-on favorite for the Newcastle manager position.