Jol's interview in Sunday's Times Online made for interesting reading. The article in full is here.
Whilst I wanted him to succeed this season I did so from the perspective that not only was he the devil we knew better, but maybe, just maybe all this mess of 'relegation scrap after just ...'some games' was rubbish... these quotes tend to make me think we're well rid.
BMJ:"I had to inspire them and they knew every day I could be gone. They were looking at the papers and still, for 10 weeks, I had to motivate. That was probably my biggest achievement ever."
HH: Your biggest achievement ever? God help us if we are privvy to your top ten foul ups. Ten weeks that embedded Spurs into the relegation zone.
BMJ:"That – Getafe – was an injustice, because if we’d won, we’d have been unbeaten in my last eight games, except for Newcastle"
HH: Daytripper, what is the zip code for Dreamsville, USA? I have some mail to forward. Jol says last eight, NOT including Newcastle. So rather than indulge what he's trying to conjure up as an epitaph, here are some precise facts. His last game was Getafe. Which was as a loss. His previous eight games actually include two Premiership defeats Arsenal & Newcastle and draws with Liverpool, Famagusta, Villa and Bolton. Need I go on? The Pool was yet another chuck the towel in at the last minute job. Famagusta are a pub team, Villa was a great game for who? And Bolton. Abandoned. Adrift. Bolton.If you extrapolte Napoleon's maths we go on an unbeaten run that divvy's up the grand total of 24 points.
BMJ:“They did what I wanted. They never got rid of somebody, other than if they were a bit older, and I appreciated that."
HH: So Martin, you were pro the Carrick sale then? We have you on record that you wanted to build a team around him....
BMJ:"I loved Michael Brown, he was one of the biggest characters we had, but I knew if we get so much money from Fulham, okay."
HH: Brown is one of the most limited Premiership players I have ever seen in my lifetime. In fact, I actually hated in a Lilywhite shirt and am relieved he no longer sports one. The bloke's a c*ck. Add to that you were prepared to flog him for half a bag of chips and a slug of Tizer pretty much proves your quotes are worthless.
BMJ:“You can throw the ball at the players, but if you might be leaving, they’ll throw it back. Human nature. But those boys are special, and as much as they could, they fought for me, they still afforded me respect"
HH:Dillusional guff. 'They fought for me'. This is the same group of players who unrelentingly collapsed in the last five minutes or thereabouts ??????
Does his heart belong to Tottenham? Who knows or cares.. But his final sentiments are so close to my own I have to wish him well.. BMJ: "if I had £2bn, I would buy Arsenal.” He is laughing. “And I’d make a big parking place from the Emirates and make a new stadium for Spurs.”