Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol is back in the news again talking about his former club. Only this time around, he’s lobbing verbal bombs from his new comfy office in Germany!
Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol has taken a sideswipe at the club who sacked him a year ago, saying the club has lost its “English identity” since he was replaced by Juande Ramos a year ago.
Jol says that a switch away from an English core has damaged the club’s chances of going better than the successive top five positions he achieved at White Hart Lane.
“I believe if you work for an English club you need an English identity and I think that worked,” he said in The Sun.
“We were developing young players and were in Europe every year. I had six players in England’s squad.
“Now there are Corluka, Giovani, Pavlyuchenko, Gilberto, Modric and Spurs have a different philosophy.
“They’ve got players from abroad, that have changed the team’s identity. Spending £18million on someone, £15m on another. Could you imagine that before? It would’ve seemed ridiculous.”
Jol added: “They are so desperate to be a success it will be a disaster if they are not.” (ESPNsoccernet)
Now THIS is a story to discuss. For so many clubs in the Premier League, the manager usually plays a vital role in the quality and nationality of the players coming in. At Liverpool, the Spanish flair is prevalent in their play on the pitch; at Chelsea, you can see a Brazilian pipeline forming at this very second! Whilst Juande isn’t currently following the Benitez blueprint, no one can doubt that he’s trying to make his own mark at the club. But is it the right mark?
What do Spurs supporters think? Would an English identity at the club make for a more successful Tottenham? Let us know in the comment box below.