We may have been just a little blase when talking about Martin Jol earlier today, because Martin has done very well at Ajax, and was great at Tottenham, until things turned sour at the start of the 2007-2008 season.
Martin Jol – would be good choice for Newcastle
The one thing we remember with Martin Jol, is after buying players worth around £40M in the summer of 2007, he just couldn’t get Spurs going at all, and at that time of course he was assisted by Chris Hughton.
And he finally was sacked on 25th October of 2007, along with Chris, who of course joined Kevin Keegan at Newcastle in mid-February the next year.
Martin had been appointed Spurs manager after Frenchman Jacques Santini resigned from the manager’s job after just 13 games in charge, and on 8th November 2004, Jol was appointed full-time Tottenham manager, and started the London club playing some good open and attacking football.
In the 2005-2006 season Jol led Tottenham to their highest league finish since 1990, which meant they had qualified for the UEFA Cup via their league position for the first time ever, and Tottenham conceded just 38 league goals that season, the fewest since 1971.
In the next season, Spurs surged into 5th place in the Premier League, and again secured UEFA Cup qualification, and Tottenham reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup, losing to the eventual winners in both competitions.
His record at Tottenham was 148 games played,won 67, drew 38 and lost 43 for a 45.27% win rate.
In the 2008–2009 season he was coach at Hamburger SV, and they finished in 5th place in the Bundislega, and the club qualified for the Europa League. His record at Hambuger SC was played 53 won 32 drew 7 and lost 14 for a win percentage of 60.38.
In May of 2009, following just one season in Germany, Jol was appointed the new coach at Ajax, taking over from Marco van Basten, and ended that first season with the league’s strongest defense and conceded the lowest number of goals (20) in five season by any Dutch side.
And Ajax didn’t drop a single point after last January, winning their final 14 games of the season, and finishing with 85 points, a 17 point improvement on the previous season, and just a single point behind FC Twente, managed by Steve McClaren. Ajax also scored an amazing 106 goals last season for a goal difference of 86.
This season in Holland, the side was in 4th place in the table when he left the club last night through mutual consent. His record at Ajax was played 77 won 50 drew 16 and lost 11 for a win percentage of 64.94.
Overall in his previous three clubs his record is played 278 won 149 drew 61 and lost 68 for a win percentage of 53.6.
54 year-old Martin Jol is known for building strong defenses, (you can see that from his record), but he also plays good open attacking football, and that should presumably be a big plus in his claim to be Newcastle’s new manager. But of course it’s hard to know with Mike Ashley, because he never says anything.
And in the summer Jol came out and said that Chris Hughton was a fabulous coach and that Newcastle should give his former assistant a long term contract.
And now he may even end up at Newcastle, given the sacking of his former colleague only yesterday. And Newcastle players and Jol would have one thing in common – they ball think Chris Hughton is a great coach.
Given the other candidates we are told are vying for the job – we have to hope Newcastle appoint Jol, if no other manager comes forward.
Notice we didn’t mention Alan Pardew much – because he just doesn’t have the record to suggest he could do anything good at Newcastle.
It’s also worrying that Alan is still the odds on favorite in the latest betting, but Curbishley and O’Neill are falling away and are now down at 10-1.
On our poll on the home page – Martin Jol is favored by 77% of voters so far, with Curbishley on 3% and Pardew on 2% – and “none of the above” at 18% – those are waiting for Jose Mourinho to come forward. :D.
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