Well, the knives have officially been sheathed as Tottenham finally came out with a joint statement from chairman Daniel Levy and manager Martin Jol to confirm that the Dutchman is not going to be sacked just three games into the season,
“We have had two good, progressive seasons with fifth place finishes. I am an ambitious chairman, we are an ambitious Club and we want Champions League football at White Hart Lane,” said Levy.
“We, the board, owe it to the club and the supporters to constantly assess our position and performance and to ensure that we have the ability to operate and compete at that level.
“We have made a massive investment in the squad and as a result we have the best squad of players this club has had for over 20 years and they are equally hungry for success and silverware.
“For that we need our management and coaching standards to be of the highest quality such that players can fulfil their potential and we can compete with the best.
“We have discussed all of these expectations with Martin and he has confirmed to me today that he feels he is equipped with a squad and a determination to take on that challenge.”
Jol was equally positive,
“We had a full and frank conversation and I fully understand the ambitions of the club – they are the same as those of the supporters,” said Jol.
“He has put a lot of hard work into this Club and with the squad of players we have assembled, it is realistic that we should look to challenge for a top four position and I have assured him and the Board that that is what I shall aim for.
There is still a hint that maybe Spurs couldn’t get the replacement they wanted which is why they didn’t come out with this vote of confidence earlier and, not that its apparent they’re stuck with Jol, they’re finally ready to go public with it.
But either way, Jol is in.
Unless he loses to Fulham, when this will all start again.