The Guardian (eager beavers that they are) and the BBC are both talking about Martin Jol being out of favour with the Tottenham board and the Guardian goes a step further, saying that the Tottenham board have sounded out Juande Ramos and now the Sevilla manager is waiting for an official offer from Tottenham.
At this point I don’t know what to think. It seems a bit ridiculous that the board would back a manager so strongly in the transfer season, see that several first-teamers are injured and then prepare to sack the manager based on the results of the first three games (I wrote about this in detail yesterday as well).
It’s not as if Tottenham have suddenly turned around and starting playing worse. The problems seen against Sunderland and Everton are problems that have been a steady staple of Martin Jol’s stewardship. Levy would have seen that, the fans have seen it and the board, if they are worth their positions, will know that as well. The decision to replace Martin Jol, especially if the board don’t think that Jol can break into the top four, should have been taken at the end of last season and not now.
It’s possible that this has been going on for some time but as far as business and football is concerned, sacking Martin Jol would be a ridiculous move – if Levy and co. wanted this done they could and should have done it in May.
Another question arises: Should Tottenham cut their losses now? On one hand, Jol isn’t a bad manager, and Tottenham aren’t a bad club. On the other hand, Ramos (or whoever comes in) cannot change things immediately and it’s a risk to bring him in, BUT from his track record alone he’s a better manager than Martin Jol and I’d be willing to bet a lot of money that if he took over NOW, he would lead Tottenham to a better league position than Jol could.
Having said that, don’t see why Ramos would leave Sevilla at this point, and can’t understand how the Tottenham board could have been so thick as to back Jol and not see the problems last season (if indeed they are pushing to replace him).
I’d like to think that it’s a way to put pressure on Jol and get him to step up, while arranging for him to be replaced at the end of the 07/08 season. Still, we can’t be sure, so let’s wait and see how this one turns out.