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50-50 Challenge: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

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By ESPN Staff
Dec 5, 2007

Jol: No-one could have done better

Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol does not believe the club could find a better man than himself for the job. Jol twice led Spurs to fifth-place finishes in the Premier League but was sacked in October after a stormy start to the current campaign. The team were struggling at the bottom end of the table and Jol was working in the knowledge his employers had already spoken to Juande Ramos - his eventual successor - to gauge his interest in the manager's post. Jol is proud of his record at White Hart Lane and believes he was not given enough time to turn the season around. The Dutchman, writing the preface in new book, `Martin Jol, The Inside Story', said: 'Call me arrogant, but I didn't think the club would find anyone better than me. 'Not even someone like Jose Mourinho could have done better than me at this club under the circumstances. 'It was easy to be champions as manager of Chelsea, but when you look at our line-up over the last two years, to finish fifth in successive seasons is something I don't believe he, or anyone else for that matter, could have managed at this club.' He added: 'The course of the 2007/08 season was difficult, especially after starting with two defeats in two games and then the non-stop speculation about Ramos, and other managers. 'I felt lonely. It was a bad situation, almost impossible, and the players never gave up, except maybe in the last match.' Jol was sacked after Spurs' home UEFA Cup defeat by Getafe on October 25, but news of his imminent departure leaked out before the game. Rumours and speculation about Jol's position abounded as the match went on and that is a situation that upset the 51-year-old, especially as players and fans appeared to know before he did. The 51-year-old said: 'I still don't know the full truth about all that went on the day Spurs finally decided to sack me. 'But it is important that everyone realises that I did not know I had been sacked before the game, and that I was only told, officially, after it. 'Had I been told before the game, I would not have taken the team out, I would not have sat on the bench or been in the right frame of mind to lead out the team that night. I just couldn't have done it.' Jol admitted he thought something was amiss that night because of the actions of his players, who he felt were not performing to their best. He said: 'Something very strange happened just one minute before the kick-off that night. [Dimitar] Berbatov came over to me and said: `Sorry boss! Come on!' 'I thought to myself, whatever can he mean? It felt awkward. 'It did not cross my mind that he and the rest of the players had already been told by friends who had been texting them that I had been sacked.'