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By ESPN Staff
Oct 7, 2008

Jol: Spurs have surrendered identity

Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol has taken a sideswipe at the club who sacked him a year ago, saying the club has lost its "English identity" since he was replaced by Juande Ramos a year ago. Jol has since bounced back strongly by leading Hamburg to the top of the Bundesliga in Germany while Spurs have lurched into crisis since last season's Carling Cup victory under his Spanish successor and currently sit bottom of the Premier League.

Spurs spent £77m in the summer on the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko, David Bentley, Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Giovani while Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe have been sold along with a large number of the players Jol signed for the club.

Jol says that a switch away from an English core has damaged the club's chances of going better than the successive top five positions he achieved at White Hart Lane.

"I believe if you work for an English club you need an English identity and I think that worked," he said in The Sun.

"We were developing young players and were in Europe every year. I had six players in England's squad.

"Now there are Corluka, Giovani, Pavlyuchenko, Gilberto, Modric and Spurs have a different philosophy.

"They've got players from abroad, that have changed the team's identity. Spending £18million on someone, £15m on another. Could you imagine that before? It would've seemed ridiculous."

Jol added: "They are so desperate to be a success it will be a disaster if they are not."

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