Martin Jol, the man in charge, guided us to our first top five finish in fifteen years, repeated the feat the next season and was unceremoniously sacked two months into the 2007-08 season.
Is the long and short of it, but needless to say he’s well thought of there.
We’re going to have to wait and see, aren’t we? I like a lot of the players Jol used at Spurs and wonder which we’ll see at Fulham.
Hopefully not Robbie Keane (we need to be going the other way, getting younger players) but someone like Jenas strikes me as a perfect reclamation project. Players seem to come and go in Redknapp’s estimations and there’s not always a good reason for it (last year he discovered the concept of a holding midfielder, for instance!). Jenas is a good player (Mourinho always rated him) who hasn’t built on his encouraging start in football. I’d like to see him at Fulham (although it doesn’t help that Redknapp is sniffing around Dembele) as a possible successor to Danny Murphy. Different kind of player but one who I think would benefit from playing regularly. Could combine well with Sidwell, too (if they’re not too similar).
From the Zonal Marking comments sections, which are half interesting.
Anything that comes along that is different to that is bound to cause the opposition problems – look at Ajax and their enormous goal difference. It would be fair to say that Jol is an atypical Dutch coach, in that he believes in zonal defending, which lends a team a better shape for counter-attacking.
Which is interesting, and would make sense given his time in England (the context was that a lot of Dutch teams go man-for-man in the midfield still). He did still use the conventional Dutch 4-3-3, albeit with Suarez playing more narrow on the right.
(Elsewhere on the site we have a reminder of when Jol used Aaron Lennon as a ‘central winger’ against Chelsea, and a couple of posts about how Jol was a big fan of Michael Carrick (he believed that only he and SAF really understood how much Carrick brought to the team, winning the ball, turning defence to attack). Finally, there are a number of comments from Dutch fans talking about Dutch coaches, and Jol seems quite well thought of.)