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Last Updated: Friday, 26 October 2007, 22:15 GMT 23:15 UK
Goodbye Jol, hello Juande?

After a dramatic night at White Hart Lane on Thursday, the football world gives its reactions to the departure of manager Martin Jol and the possible arrival of former Sevilla coach Juande Ramos.

MANCHESTER UNITED BOSS SIR ALEX FERGUSON

"He is a decent man who has showed his integrity but he is probably relieved it is all over.

"I don't know the full ins and outs but we have all witnessed a drip, drip, drip effect right from the start of the season when there was talk of the people from Tottenham meeting the Seville coach (Juande Ramos).

"Whether it happened or not, it appeared in the press, so the press were continually on about the guy's future. The media were not doing that out of malice.

"I am sure they were getting information, tittle-tattle and bits of rumour. That is enough to exacerbate it. "But it cannot be healthy that every day Martin turns the paper over, his future is being discussed."

ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER

"I feel sorry that he's lost his job. It's early in the season and if you have a little bit of a bad start, it's very difficult in 10 games that you are not given a chance. I feel sorry, it's sad because I think he did a great job there."

FORMER TOTTENHAM PLAYER DAVID GINOLA

Tottenham Hotspur

"I'm really concerned because I really love the club. I spent some fantastic years at Spurs and I get the response back from the fans and people at the club. Honestly, this is probably one of the clubs I would love to be involved with, to do as much as I could to be part of the success of the club. Spurs belongs at the top and not at the bottom."

CHELSEA MANAGER AVRAM GRANT

"It's always disappointing when a manager leaves his job. I think Martin Jol made a good job compared with what's happened in the past, I don't know why he left."

FORMER TOTTENHAM MANAGER DAVID PLEAT

"Although he was the official manager he had become indirectly sort of a caretaker, because it had been suggested weeks ago that they wanted someone else to take over. Once that happens then the players maybe aren't as sincere and honest as they should be.

"I'm quite sure that Martin thought the situation couldn't get better and thought, 'do I suffer in silence and continue under these difficult circumstances or do I try and negotiate a severance pay immediately and let them get on with it.' I think that's what he's done."

FORMER ENGLAND MANAGER GRAHAM TAYLOR

"I would like to know why they did it at that time because they allowed Martin to spend a substantial amount of money in the summer. Then, before a ball is kicked in the season, they're seen approaching a manager of another club.

"That's bound to undermine him but it doesn't make sense. But that's the question they should be asked - why did they do that having allowed him to spend 40m in the summer? It doesn't make sense."

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE'S JONATHAN LEGARD

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BBC Sport's Sam Lyon

"It seemed that Jol had the dressing room with him, but the meekness of the way they just fell apart against Newcastle on Monday concentrated minds. All those assurances that had been issued back in August by the chairman, Daniel Levy, that, 'no, this is the man to take us forward', were crumbling.

"I don't think many people expected it to move so fast and also to have what happened last night - the man walking the plank, and about to be pushed off the plank, also in charge of the game."

SPANISH FOOTBALL JOURNALIST GRAHAM HUNTER

"I would just say very clearly that Juande Ramos thought Spurs was the least he could achieve and he genuinely thought there was a chance that, if the Chelsea job came up, he might be a contender at the end of the season. So this was a man who was eyeing the English market in general, not just Spurs.

"He's brilliantly regarded at Seville, he's a sergeant-major type, he's gruff and expects 100% commitment every minute of your career. He will put noses out of joint. He speaks English, just, but that will be a struggle."

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