Jol return a shrewd move by Fulham
I think Fulham have done a fantastic bit of business in luring Martin Jol away from Ajax and back to the Premier League.
Apart from a thoroughly likeable manager, they are getting someone with a decent track record and European experience – attributes many Cottagers probably thought they had seen the back of when Roy Hodgson left for Liverpool, indeed the football betting suggested they could be fighting for their top flight lives.
In Jol they have a coach he has a point to prove. I doubt he would say it out loud but he was very harshly treated at Tottenham.
A poor start to the 2006/07 season saw the board panic just three games into the season and the Dutchman was immediately under pressure. Juande Ramos was allegedly offered the job at the end of August while Jol was still in charge.
Who knows exactly what went on behind the scenes but it seems the writing was on the wall before he was drummed out three months into the season.
This was despite leading the club to consecutive fifth placed finishes and being a dodgy lasagne away from leading the club into the Champions League.
It should also be noted that some of the players he brought in – Gareth Bale Aaron Lennon, Michael Dawson, and Tom Huddlestone – formed a crucial part of last year’s fourth placed side. Dimitar Berbatov was sold on at a £20 million profit just two years after he signed and even two of his perceived failures, Kevin Prince Boetang and Younes Kaboul, have proven to be handy players.
If Jol had been able to continue his work at Spurs I feel he would have taken them into the Champions League earlier than Harry Redknapp has.
The Premier League 2010/11 betting had suggested Fulham could struggle, with Jol at the helm they should do well.
With that burning sense of injustice inside him, I think he will do a great job at Craven Cottage. He won’t have the same resources as he did at White Hart Lane but the alleged £20 million transfer kitty given to him by Mohammed Al Fayed is handy enough. And with a decent backbone already in place last season’s Europa League final could indeed be the start of an exacting new era rather than the end of one as most people have been predicting.