Jol for England?
The News of the World has Paul Robinson suggesting that Martin Jol should be considered for the position of England manager. He is surprised that with all the names that have been put forward, that his club manager has not been mentioned.
He gives Jol the credit for the success and progress that has been made at Tottenham and admits that the club will be devastated if they fail to qualify for Europe's elite. Robinson would regard finishing in the top four as like winning the F.A.Cup.
Comment: Spurs should be gald that Jol's name is not among the list of candidated for the England post, allowing him to concentrate on the work to be done at Tottenham without any distractions. He stil has a major amount of work to do at the club and it is good that he has decline dto show any interest in positions that have become available in his native country, Holland.
The supporters would, like Robinson, be very disappointed if the club fail to achieve Eurooean qualification this year. It has been in their grasp for so long and it is worrying that as the finish approaches, they seem unable to raise their game to show real commitment in an effort to gain the points necessary for a place in Europe. The Champions League position, while still within their grasp, is looking decidedly difficult and may require a win at Highbury to overcome the renewed challenge of Arsenal. However, to miss out on both European competitions would be a real body blow to all associated with the club - management, players and supporters alike.
Glen Johnson was a huge prospect when he left West Ham for Chelsea but he has suffered there due to so much competition for places. He has had very few opportunities and when called upon has ben unable to perform at the required level. For Spurs to sign Johnson would be a considerable gamble that he could regain the form that brought him into the England squad. There are probably better signing options available for the right back position.
It has been reported that Frank Arnesen and Jose Mourhino have fallen out and that Arnesen is not welcome at the club's training ground. The manager does not like interference from any quarter, he is his own man and makes all the decisions.