Martin Jol: Why he’ll turn Fulham’s draws in to wins

Martin Jol is back in the Premier League this season, and I for one, am very happy to see the big Dutchman back in the English game.

Last time he was here, Martin Jol won a lot of friends, he also won a lot of games, something which he is going to do at Fulham this season. A year on from when the Cottagers drew a league high sixteen matches, Jol’s managerial prowess and tactical skill are going to turn those draws in to wins, making Fulham a contender for an automoatic Europa League place, rather than making it in through the fair play places.

Martin Jol made Spurs successful

Martin Jol was unfairly treated at White Hart Lane. He took a mid-table Spurs side to two consecutive fifth place finishes. If it wasn’t for ‘lasagne-gate’ at the end of the 2005/06 season, then Spurs would have made their bow in the Champions League four years earlier than they did.

After two successful seasons at the Lane, where he won 46% of his games in charge, Jol was very much bundled out the back door by Daniel Levy when Juande Ramos batted his eyelids at the Tottenham chairman.

Ramos’s star was on the ascendancy in Spain and Daniel Levy couldn’t resist the lure of a man who would supposedly take Tottenham to the next level. After Jol was kicked out, Karma kicked in, as Ramos took Spurs from being on the doorstep of qualifying for the Champions League, back to mid-table obscurity where they had sat before Jol came along.

Martin Jol makes teams win

Martin Jol hasn’t just made Tottenham in to a winner, he has now also done it with Hamburg and Ajax. His record is highly impressive in his brief managerial career and is getting better:

W

D

L

Win %

Points Per Game

Tottenham

35

20

21

46%

1.6

Hamburg

19

4

11

55%

1.8

Ajax

36

9

6

70%

2.3

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Martin Jol’s win percentage has improved with each team that he has managed. Now that the has coached in both the Europa and Champions Leagues, his knowledge and tactical expertise has improved as his managerial career has evolved.

Martin Jol can turn draws in to wins

Fulham were a mid-table club in the Premier League until Roy Hodgson came along and took them to their highest finish of seventh place and then a Europa League Final. Mark Hughes lead them to eighth last season, but only three points separated them from fifteenth, such was the tightness of the league.

Under Hughes, Fulham drew sixteen games, the highest in the Premier League last season. With his record over his managerial career, Martin Jol will be the man to turn those draws in to wins, pushing Fulham further up the table, closing the gap on Everton and Spurs.

Four years on from almost taking Tottenham in to the Champions League, how apt would it be for Martin Jol to challenge them this season with Fulham?

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2 Responses to Martin Jol: Why he’ll turn Fulham’s draws in to wins

  1. Andy August 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Funny that Fulham should start wih a draw!

    • Mark Redford August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Haha yes, I thought Fulham created several good chances and were a bit unlucky not to take the 3 points.