Date: 20th April 2007 at 11:30am
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Comments credited to Martin Jol have got me wondering whether the big Dutch fella is feeling a little bit sorry for himself.

It’s well documented that the fans over at White Hart Lane are split over whether Jol is the right man to take Spurs to the next level or not, indeed over at our sister site there has been many pro, and anti Jol articles.

Well is appears that MJ is a little envious of Arsene Wenger’s position whereby he can win no silverware yet still be praised come the end of the season.

‘It’s great. You bring a lot of players through your big club, Arsenal, and you still get praised at the end of the season and they are out of all the competitions.’ said Jol

‘That is unbelievable if you can do that as a manager. I hope I can do that in the future because that would be a fine position.’

It’ll be interesting to see who will be envious of who come the full time whistle tomorrow.


40 Replies to “Is Jol Feeling Sorry For Himself?”

  • when you say split between pro or anto jol, i would say the anti jol brigade are in the minority of about 5% if that. Every spurs fan i have talked to loves martin jol. who has already proved to be our best manager for a number of years.

  • well unlike jol wenger has brought trophies and the best football in europe so he has something to fall back upon. and wenger is being praised coz everyone sees where the team is going in the future…but i guess jol doesnt understand that

  • well maybe on vital there are a fair amount but other spurs sites and the general consensus of the backing that Jol gets at games its clear to see his support

  • I dunno there Buckers, I sense a bit of jealousy in his comments, like he’s saying “How come both I and Wenger win nothing, yet Wenger gets praised and half of my fans want me out”. That’s my theory anyway.

  • Jol is the right man for us, he may make the odd decision we don’t agree with but he’s the boss and we’re not gonna tell him otherwise…would you stand up to him??? Wenger did last year at the Library but do you really think he would of been standing had Jol hit him!! Anyway he’s building a young team around British players and the gap between yourselves and us is getting smaller however much you don’t want to admit it.

  • I agree that over the past two season the gap has been closed (which is good for the old rivialry may I add) but I think the true test for Spurs will come over the next two seasons when (touchwood) we can get a run of games without too many injuries and after the experience our young players have gained we’re gunna step it up an notch. Because while you have been coming on leaps and bounds, we’ve been going through a bad patch (you don’t lose skill over night) and once we find our feet, it’ll be time to sort the men form the boys.

  • hmmmm not sure i guess comments can be taken out of context either way, and the only way to know was the be there at the interview to see how he said it.i think he is showing his respect and showing his ambition in wanting to emulate that success and true there could be double meanings behind what he was saying in an attempt to play mind games before the game

  • For once a Goon who talks sense (now im gonna be slated on here). But your right Rocky7, injuries have hurt this year especially with V Persie and Gallas I think anyway. On the other hand we have had King out for 4 months, Lennon out for a couple, Berbatov the same along with JJ. So we havent had an injury free season either. But the atmosphere tomorrow will be electric! Think Fabregas will play??

  • true rocky next 2 years is crucial in my book too, both teams will be settled then. both our sets of young players will come of age by then and the players that both jol and wenger decide to keep or buy around these youth players will be crucial, ive always sed that jol should be given around 5 years (had two of them) to make us into a side regually competing for the top 4 spots and i beleive we are on course for this. wengers aim is much higher than this as your already there. but the next 2 years for both clubs potential to be realised is crucial

  • true matt shelfsidespurs its nice to have a debate with a gooner without it resorting to abuse.

  • exactly buckers. Sometimes you do just wanna hear what they have got to say without going on and on about some sarcastic ****

  • So do you spurs fans think Lennon has gone off the boil recently?? I was speaking to a spurs season ticket holder the other day & he reckons since the beginning of this year Lennon has been poor? I think that happened to our own cesc who has only recently hit form again in the last two games. Unfortunately though he will definately miss tomorrow as Wenger will not chance him now that fourth place is moreorless guranteed.

  • i think that teams are defending against lennon better, last year he was the unknown and was given the free run at full backs, this year as lennon has commented he has been given more respect and every team has doubled up on him and not given him the space. coupled with the fact that jol is (and in my opinion a good thing) teaching him to play left right and centre. so all in all he is having to learn two new positions and is being marked by 2 or three players in a game and is only 19! the sign of a good player is how to adapt to this. hopefully by the time he is 22/23 he will be like a ronaldo/robben player who can pop up anywhere on the pitch and deal with numerous markers. The honeymoon period is over for lennon and he is now having to put the hard graft in to become the complete player.

  • I believe it’ll be a 2-2 draw, and I’ll be happy with it. It’s never an easy place to go, and you seem to have a habit of flying out of the blocks and scoring the first goal but then running out of steam towards the end. If you can score first and keep us chasing then you’re in with a chance, but if we score first (that hasn’t happened too often this season) then I think you may struggle chasing the game. I do however believe this is your best chance in years to beat us, and I wouldn’t be overly surprised if you did.

  • Jol does have a point. So you play attractive football that doesn’t win sufficient games. You’re out of all competitions before Easter. You go on about all this youthful talent but at this time it is all unproven. Managers are measured by winning trophies and it has to be said, in the last couple of seasons you have gone off the boil, despite a lot of money being spent. This is reflected in Wenger taking up residence at Lancaster Gate this season. He probably realises this as well

  • That’s a pretty good description of the problems any new player to the PL faces. When a player like Lennon explodes onto the scene it’s always difficult for him the season after because managers and coaches have prepared for him. In Ronaldo’s second season he was very poor because teams were out to upset him. After his first season a Man Utd surporting friend of mine claimed he would be the best in the world, but I guess he didn’t account for the 2nd season slump, but now he has gotten used to the the attention and used it to his advantage. I guess it’s up to Lennon now to out think his opponents and use the attention to add to his game rather than detract from it.

  • exactly rocky, a little bit like a wigan syndrome on a different scale. my prediction was a bias 3-2 win but your right in saying we need the first goal. we start quickly against yourselves then tend to tire and then let you get ur foot on the ball and do some damage. im also concerned about our makeshift back four for the game and it will be a big ask to make ledley take the burden of this at this stage of his recouperation.

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