Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rivals Support Jol

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rivals Support Jol

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SIR ALEX FERGUSON and Arsene Wenger today came out in support ofembattled rival Martin Jol and called on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy toremain true to his word that the Dutchman will not be sacked.

Spurs travel to Old Trafford on Sunday in a state of disarray after a week offarce at White Hart Lane.

Champions Manchester United have not won this season and will test the resolveof the visiting players who have been stunned by the events of the past sevendays.

Ferguson said: It is no secret that I interviewed Martin Jol for the positionas my No2 when Carlos Queiroz left to go to Real Madrid as manager.

Martin has an outstanding record in Holland where he worked with very meagreresources. He does not need me to tell him what a good job he has done.

It has all been very sad and a knee-jerk reaction to Tottenhams bad start tothe season. The chairman has said his full support is behind the manager and Ijust hope the support is right.

Wenger has accused Tottenham of impatience in heaping so much pressure on Jol.

The Arsenal manager admits he has viewed events at White Hart Lane this weekonly as an outsider but says its far too early in the season for the Dutchmansjob to come under threat. His comments came after another day of mayhem atTottenham. First, the club were forced to issue a statement insisting they didnot want Fabio Capello to become their new manager after the Italian arrived ona day-trip to London.

Then, Levy gave Jol the dreaded vote of confidence, issuing a statementclaiming the coach had his 100 per cent backing and that the club did not haveto finish in the top four for the manager to keep his job.

Paul Robinson also backtracked, on the clubs website, less than 24 hours aftercastigating the board for undermining Jol and claimed that far from dividingthe squad it had made us stronger and were all pulling in the same direction. …

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