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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 May, 2005, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Jol satisfied with first season
Tottenham boss Martin Jol
Tottenham head coach Martin Jol said he was happy after his first season in charge despite the club missing out on the Premiership's final Uefa Cup spot.

"I think I can be proud of my players," said Jol, who added that he was set to sign a new contract with Spurs.

"We had a change of management and we still did well. Qualifying for Europe would have been a big bonus but we'll try again next year.

"I think we'll be better next year and maybe we'll have a bit more luck."

The Dutchman added: "We are a young side and this season we had some disappointments but we had some highs as well.

"Against Blackburn, we tried everything but it wasn't to be. I thought we did terrific and we fought hard but it was too difficult to break them down."

Jol defended his decision to pick Robbie Keane over Jermain Defoe to start against Blackburn.

"Jermain is maybe the best finisher in England but in the last couple of matches I thought he wasn't as sharp as he can be and Robbie was. That's the reason he played," said Jol.

"But we weren't creative enough to open them up. If we had scored in the first 15 minutes maybe they would have opened up. We have some difficulties against teams who play the way they do."

Interview: Tottenham manager Martin Jol


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