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Last Updated: Monday, 8 November, 2004, 14:19 GMT
Muhren backs Jol to revive Spurs
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Martin Jol
Former Holland star Arnold Muhren believes Martin Jol will be a success at Spurs after the former White Hart Lane assistant landed the job as coach.

Ex-Ipswich and Manchester United midfielder Muhren, now working at the Ajax academy, is a big admirer of Jol.

Muhren told BBC Sport: "I think this would be the right thing for Spurs. Martin is very highly-respected in Holland and is a good leader and coach.

"He can work with top stars, but also get the best out of lesser players."

Jol was appointed as Jacques Santini's successor after the Frenchman's shock resignation on Friday.

Muhren revealed Jol had a growing reputation in Holland with his work at little-known RKC Waalwijk, and had attracted interest from big clubs in his homeland.

Jol gained two promotions with Den Haag, and won the Dutch Cup with Roda JC.

In his six-year spell at RKC he transformed them from relegation candidates into European contenders.

Murhen said: "He did well at RKC with a team that didn't have a lot of big names, but he brought in the right players and didn't do it by spending too much money.

Martin Jol has a very good reputation in Holland and the big clubs were interested in him
Former Holland star Arnold Muhren

"I work with the Ajax academy and I used to see him at our second team matches looking for players he could take to RKC to put in his first-team squad and improve his team. He was very shrewd.

"He would also look for players at the end of their contracts who he could sign for free. He was very good at picking the right players.

"When he was a player at places like West Bromwich Albion in England he was a leader, a good talker to his team-mates and that will have helped him become a good coach.

"He also played for Bayern Munich, and you do not do that unless you are a very good player.

"He has proved himself as a coach and has been assistant to the manager at Tottenham. Now he has to prove himself as manager and I'm sure he can do that.

"Martin knows football and knows tactics and I think it is right for Spurs to give him the chance to develop at a club like theirs.

Arnold Muhren in action for Holland at the 1988 European championships
Former Holland legend Muhren is an admirer of Jol

"Spurs is a big club, a sleeping giant with lots of talented players, so it is a good opportunity for Martin, and as a Dutchman I would be delighted to see a fellow countryman in a job like that.

"They should be doing a bit better and hopefully Martin can help them do that. It is a very good opportunity for Martin to challenge at a big club.

"Martin has a very good reputation in Holland. Top clubs in Holland were interested in him because they saw how well he did at a clubs that did not have a lot of top names and a lot of money.

"He can work with top players and it was a pity he left Holland, but Spurs is a great opportunity for him.

"I believe he thinks the future is very good at Spurs with a lot of good young players."

Muhren is also convinced that Jol's potential partnership with Frank Arnesen will work after suggestions Santini was unhappy with the management set-up at White Hart Lane.

He said: "I think it will be good for Spurs. They know each other from their time in Holland, when Frank was at PSV Eindhoven and Martin was at RKC. They are both very knowledgeable.

"They know football and I think they will work very well together."

Interview: Tottenham's sporting director Frank Arnesen

Interview: Tottenham's head coach Martin Jol

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