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Monday, February 19, 2007

Jol planning Spurs dynasty

Martin Jol believes he can emulate Sir Alex Ferguson's success at Manchester United if he is allowed enough time to finish developing his young squad.

For the first time in Jol's two-and-a-half-year reign, serious questions have been raised about his ability to turn Tottenham into consistent challengers for major honours.

A dispiriting run of six league games without a win, combined with a League Cup semi-final exit against Arsenal, has put the Dutchman under pressure to ensure his side advance to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a win at Fulham on Sunday.

But, while sections of the club's demanding fanbase are growing disenchanted, Jol is not concerned about his job security because he believes his squad's blend of youth and experience is close to blossoming.

All he wants to be given is a chance to reap the rewards in the same way that Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were at United and Arsenal.

"I have no fear about getting sacked," said Jol.

"To be honest I would love to be here in a few years time and do a Ferguson or a Wenger."
"I feel we are capable of doing that. We have got good young players and experienced players."

"We are not as good as I would like yet, not like Arsenal or Liverpool. But I feel it is only a matter of two or three players."

"Last year we changed six or seven players. Then we did the same this year. I feel we are close. It is only a few little pieces."

"Thierry Henry has done unbelievable things at Arsenal and you need players like that."

"We have Adel Taarabt coming from France. He is amazing on the ball, like Zinedine Zidane. In a couple of years he could be one of the best players in the league."

Jol knows the expectations at Spurs mean any slump in form quickly becomes a crisis rather than the blip it might be seen as elsewhere.

But the former uncompromising player for English side West Brom is adamant that pressure only drives him on.

"The only thing I hate is when the supporters are not happy with us," Jol said. "The burden we have got is that everyone is talking about trophies."

"The 1991 team that won the FA Cup with Terry Venables are seen as legends here. They only won three of their last 24 matches, but because they won the Cup people say they are legends."

"There is more pressure because it is Spurs and we are expected to do well. It is a big compliment because clubs like Manchester City and Aston Villa don't have that."
"Everybody expects more of us and I hate not fulfilling their hope and expectation. I want to be successful because it is an addiction."

While Fulham boss Chris Coleman would love to have the transfer budget Jol enjoys, he is well aware that making big money signings can lead to unrealistic expectations.

Coleman said: "Martin has brought in a lot of good young players for a lot of money and that has inevitably raised expectations"

"But the pressure is always on managers if they don't buy the right players.
"From our point of view, we have never had that much money to spend so we have to get it right first time."

"We have to be very methodical in how we go about signing people because we can't afford to make many mistakes".
"I can't just sign a bad player, go back to the chairman and ask for another two million pounds because it doesn't work like that at this club."