A simpler explanation?

Martin Jol’s record against Alex Ferguson:

21.12.2011 Fulham 0-5 Manchester United
26.08.2007 Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
04.02.2007 Tottenham Hotspur 0-4 Manchester United
09.09.2006 Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
17.04.2006 Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester United
22.10.2005 Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
04.01.2005 Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

By my count that’s 7GP 0W 5L 2D 2GF 14GA

Pardon my language, but holy shit.

3 thoughts on “A simpler explanation?

  1. Could someone please show me something that will stop me panicking about having Jol at the helm…anything to convince me we have a great manager. All Ive seen is negativity about his tactics, man management and record. Am I the only one wondering why he was so loved at Spurs because he’s done little to make FFC fans fall in love with him right now…?

    Whilst I’ve convinced myself to date jol and the team will come good I am starting to get a bit nervous.

    On another note, did anyone see the Xmas message on the offal? Low player turn out compared to last year if I remember rightly and Jol was just creepy at the end!

  2. The truth is that it’s early days. He’s going to stay because, for all that his critics accuse him of, the results have been OK. Not great but also not terrible.

    There now has to be a turnover of players and this time next year we’ll know whether or not Jol is doing a good job.

    I wouldn’t bet either way.

  3. Is 6 months in the job ‘early days’ though? I don’t know, I guess its a fairly subjective thing. But we’ve played plenty of football games by now (32 is it?) so I would suggest the players have had enough time to adapt to Jol’s system.

    A lot of people excuse our poor performances with such things as “oh the players are too set in their old ways to adapt to Jol’s way of thinking” etc etc and “when he’s made a few transfers and shaped the club his way he’ll be alright” etc etc.

    Is this the case though? Duff’s played in fluid 4-3-3 systems before (Chelscum) and people like Murphy have intelligent enough football brains to adapt to such systems. Then we have the attacking 3 of Dembele, Ruiz and Dempsey all young enough and with enough quality to play Jol’s system without any problems. Then of course we have Kasami and Frei who in the future should slot into that system very nicely.

    So really I’m failing to see where the problem is right now…I would argue that Jol’s systems perhaps just aren’t suited for the Premiership unless you have a tonne of cash to spend on amazing players or you’re playing in Holland where the tempo is a lot slower and less physical.

    Yes Jol needs to buy some players but…

    Strikers: We had that problem in the summer and Jol failed to get a goalscorer in the squad instead we got another Dempsey/Dembele in Ruiz who Jol claimed would solve our goal scoring problems at the time but more recently has backtracked and told us fans we shouldn’t expect him to score goals. And we all know Sa was a panic buy when Gignac fell through. And the two strikers we do have (one supposedly of international quality) Jol’s fallen out with!

    Pace…yes, Jol had the opportunity to buy a pacey full back in the summer, instead he got Riise who has lost all pace and Grygera who isn’t that type of player.

    Murphy replacement…we haven’t needed him yet, but if he gets injured we’re fcuked as I don’t see Gecov as a suitable replacement now (or in the future really).

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