Over the last two days, reports have been rife that Martin Jol is on the verge of leaving Tottenham Hotspur, but is there any truth in this?
A whole host of newspapers and websites stated yesterday that the club ordered an emergency board meeting to discuss the future of Jol, after he told them he was ready to leave White Hart Lane.
Today, various newspapers have reported that the Spurs Manager has already agreed a £4-million pay-off, in anticipation of his seemingly imminent departure, regardless of whether he jumps or is pushed.
However, where have these reports come from? Well of course it is no secret that Daniel Levy offered Jol’s job to Sevilla Coach Juande Ramos, and since then things have never been the same for Jol.
BBC Sport asked him how he felt when reading about himself in the paper virtually everyday…old Tony Soprano nonchalantly replied “I’m used to it, you know?”
Unfortunately, the shock departure of Jose Mourinho from Chelsea has done little to help Jol’s position, as many bookmakers touted Tottenham as the Portuguese’s next English destination.
However, as Mourinho has removed his children from their London school and openly said his next destination is abroad, we must believe the man when he speaks.
Similarly, Martin Jol has quashed this exit talk, firstly addressing the Mourinho-as-next-Spurs-Manager story by stating “Daniel Levy phoned me to say the report was rubbish and hoped I would be with him next year,” said Jol. “He is always good to me, always backing me.”
“Everybody is committed to the cause and the cause is to get higher up in the league and make a success of the season.”
“Doing this is dominating my thoughts at the moment, so, as you would imagine, I was a little bit surprised to hear that one newspaper was suggesting that I was on the verge of quitting my job today. What a load of rubbish!”
Surely we must take the man’s word at face value, and remember that he is not one to openly lie to the press, certainly not about something so big an issue as his job as Tottenham Manager.
He is far too grateful to the fans for virtually keeping him in the job – when many of those around him wanted him out – to quit a club he deeply loves.
If Martin Jol does not end the season at Tottenham, I would like to believe that he was relieved of his duty rather than departing of his own accord.
Either way, if results do not improve soon you can bet the pressure will increase even more on Jol, so lets just hope we start winning as I’m sick of reading about whether Jol will still be manager after the next game or not.