Laid-back-but-scary Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol has left the club, as pretty much everyone has been predicting he would since his bosses were caught red-handed talking to Sevilla’s Juande Ramos in August. Jol was sacked by some uptight breadhead before Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Getafe at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Ramos indeed looks certain to take over, and some would say it’s the right decision given that Jol’s sure touch seems to have deserted him this season. Jol himself admitted: “I can understand the position of the club in light of the results”.
However, the man who surprisingly few people call “Big Martin” will be missed by Spurs fans and neutrals alike for his unusual combination of Dutch nonchalance (“Netherlance”?) and palpable menace. After a particularly tense touchline encounter with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, he told interviewers: “I think I did really well to hold myself back. I really don't think he realises how strong I am. Otherwise he wouldn't approach me with headbutts and everything.”
We certainly wouldn’t argue with that. Or with anything he said, in fact.
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