The Daily Mail have reported some revealing insights from former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, confirming that many of Spurs’ summer signings were forced upon him. It also appears that the first sign that the Dutchman was about to lose his job came when Dimitar Berbatov shook his hand and apologised after the 2-1 defeat at home to Getafe.
‘Just before the match against Getafe, Berbatov came up to me and said: “Sorry coach”,’ recalled Jol. ‘I thought he was referring to the fact that he had not been playing well lately.Apparently he knew I was sacked.’
Jol also lifts the lid on his relationship with Damien Comolli, Tottenham’s director of football, confirming many Spurs fans’ belief that the breakdown of their relationship caused the former to leave the club.
‘From the first day it was an awkward working relationship (with Comolli),’ said Jol. ‘I was not his choice and he was not my choice. The pressure was so immense, so huge. For the most important part of my job I was depending on the people around me at Spurs who were buying the players. But I’d be the one who would be sacked if it went wrong, because I am responsible for the results.
Presumably a condition of Juande Ramos joining Tottenham was that he, like any normal football manager, would have a say in which players the club bought! It is unthinkable that an Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson would have players forced upon him in such a fashion.
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