Martin Jol was a key figure in Tottenham Hotspur’s rise in the early years of this century, but he was unceremoniously sacked in October 2007.
The Dutchman took charge of the North London club in November 2004 and led them to UEFA Cup qualification twice.
However, the 58-year-old failed to guide Spurs to Champions League football, and that eventually cost him his job at White Hart Lane.
Many would think that Jol would be bitter about the way he was dismissed. After all, he made the team competitive and was not given the time required to take them a level higher.
But Jol does not bear any grudges towards Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and told talkSPORT: ‘I think I had a good understanding with him. We had a very good relationship...
‘For Tottenham he is very good chairman and I have to say, even after [my dismissal], I don’t think he liked [doing] it. I want to be positive in life so when I think back I’ve got good memories of him...
‘I don’t want to be negative. He is who is. He’s a serious man and I’m a bit of the same but I can smile as well, he’s a bit different from me of course, but we had good times there’.
As years have gone, Tottenham have gone through a succession of managers, but they have played Champions League football. Spurs, though, have failed to break into the top four of the Premier League on a consistent basis.