Jermaine Jenas sheds light on the end of Martin Jol's reign at Tottenham; warning for Liverpool

Jermaine Jenas

The popular manager was unceremoniously shown the door - to the anger of the Spurs faithful.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has shed light on final stages of Martin Jol’s reign as Tottenham manager, in his column for Yahoo Sport.

The Dutchman graduated from assistant manager to the hot seat following the departure of Jacques Santini in November 2004, and quickly became a fan favourite.

He returned an attractive style of football to White Hart Lane and came agonisingly close to a top-four finish in his first full season in charge, before the infamous lasagne incident on the last day of the season.

Jol became the first Spurs manager since Keith Burkinshaw to qualify for Europe in successive seasons and after a heavy financial outlay in the summer of 2007, the team was expected to challenge for a Champions League spot.

The Lilywhites lost their first two games of the 2007-08 campaign, and rumours of Juande Ramos being sounded out for the job began to emerge.

Jol was infamously sacked on October 25th during half-time of a UEFA Cup clash with Getafe, with the news circulating around the stadium before the final whistle.

Writing in his column for Yahoo Sport, Jenas warned about the effects of speculation surrounding the manager and compared the situation to that of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

“If the manager is under fire, which Rodgers clearly is, that can filter down to the squad. We had a similar situation with Martin Jol at Tottenham. He ended up essentially getting sacked at half-time of a Uefa Cup game against Getafe.

“I remembering speaking to him before the game because I was carrying an injury and his face was just blank, as if he was looking right through me. In the weeks leading up to that, you could tell something had changed within him.

“It was leaked in the papers that Spurs were speaking to Juande Ramos. We'd seen it, he had obviously seen it, so it was impossible to ignore. As players, we were trying to concentrate on doing our jobs - and we all liked Martin - but there's no doubt it was distracting,” he added.

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