Angry Jol says Comolli's 'profit-driven' signings sealed his fate at Spurs
Martin Jol Maarten Cornelius "Martin" Jol (born January 16, 1956) is a Dutch former professional football player, and the current head coach of Tottenham Hotspur in the English FA Premier League. has spoken publicly for the first time about the friction in his relationship with Tottenham's director of football, Damien Comolli Damien Comolli joined Tottenham Hotspur FC in September 2005 as Director of Football, with overall responsibility for the medical, academy, scouting and club secretarial departments, replacing the outgoing Frank Arnesen. , during his time in charge at White Hart Lane
White Hart Lane is the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. It is situated in Tottenham, North London. and has said his position there was undermined by Comolli's transfer dealings.
Jol, sacked by Spurs last week and now a leading candidate to take over at PSV Eindhoven, had wanted to bring in two experienced players in the summer, including a left-winger, and was unhappy with the purchases made by Comolli. He was presented with signings which included Darren Bent, Younes Kaboul and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
"I felt the squad would be unbalanced with these signings and it proved to be the case," Jol said. "The funny thing is the new manager will probably come to the same conclusion and the club will go out in January and buy the two players I felt we needed."
Jol said he realised before the start of this season he could be on borrowed time. His relationship with Comolli was strained and he felt the club were putting potential future profit ahead of short-term requirements. "When Frank Arnesen was director of football we spoke together about the players to bring to the club," he said. "But I did not have the same relationship with the next man. I think the club wanted to invest in younger players because they wanted to make money on them in the future. The decisions were not being made for football reasons. I knew that in the summer and realised my position was becoming very difficult."
Jol has been replaced at Spurs by Juande Ramos but may not be out of work for long. PSV PSV (in Britain, formerly) public service vehicle , the Dutch champions, have confirmed he is one of a number of names they are considering to succeed Ronald Koeman, who has left for Valencia.
In Scotland the CIS Cis (sĭs), same as Kish (1.)
(1) (CompuServe Information Service) See CompuServe.
(2) (Card Information S Cup draw descended into farce yesterday when the wrong clubs were announced to play each other in the semi-finals live on television. Officials mismatched the clubs with some of the numbers on the balls as they were drawn and transposed trans·pose
v. trans·posed, trans·pos·ing, trans·pos·es
1. To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange.
2. Aberdeen and Hearts. The false draw was: Hearts v Dundee United and Rangers v Aberdeen.
The draw was made at the Scottish parliament by Alex Salmond, the first minister, and Alex Fergusson, the parliament's presiding officer. Fergusson misread mis·read
tr.v. mis·read , mis·read·ing, mis·reads
1. To read inaccurately.
2. To misinterpret or misunderstand: misread our friendly concern as prying. the club names correlating to two of the numbers and hence the incorrect draw was announced. Rangers will face Hearts and Aberdeen will meet Dundee United.
"I can only apologise for the confusion," said Fergusson. Brown McMaster, president of the Scottish Football League The Scottish Football League is a league of football teams in Scotland, comprising the Scottish First Division, Scottish Second Division and Scottish Third Division. Founder members
The Scottish League's first season of competition was in 1890-91. , said: "It is an embarrassment but we would rather have an embarrassment than a lack of integrity."