Last night, Martin Jol resigned as Ajax manager just hours after the shocking dismissal of Chris Hughton from Newcastle United. Martin Jol, 54, said that he left because the pressure on him was too high and too hard to handle. But is this just an excuse, is he next in line for the Newcastle United job? Was the the Hughton sacking planned way before the 3-1 loss away to West Brom?
I'd like to say before I go on to Martin Jol's chances of getting the Newcastle job, how much of a disgrace it is that the Newcastle owners sacked Hughton. As if the way the some of the owners treat their managers isn't ridiculous enough. After all, if it wasn't for Hughton, Newcastle wouldn't be in the top flight. Many people feared that it would be deja vu after seeing the mess that Leeds United got themselves into. But fair play to Hughton, even though he doesn't have quite the profile of some of the best managers, he delivered for the toon army.
I'm sure Martin Jol would love to come back to England, after a great time with Tottenham. Unfortunately, he couldn't emulate Harry Redknapp and get Spurs to the Champions League. Of course, it didn't help that he was missing many players due to food poisoning on the last day of the the season in a must win match against West Ham. To some extent, he has felt the way Hughton is now, miss treated by his employers after he was sacked in a unmannerly fashion by Tottenham.
Some of the bookies favourites to get the Newcastle job are Alan Pardrew, Alan Curbishley, Glen Hoddle and of course the man I'm talking about, Martin Jol. Martin Jol would seem a obvious choice for Newcastle United owners since his departure from Ajax.
I would love to hear any comments you may have on this issue.