Martin Jol
Name: Martin Jol
Occupation: Soccer Coach
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 16, 1956
Age: 64
Birth Place: The Hague, Netherlands
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Martin Jol

Martin Jol was born on January 16, 1956 in The Hague, Netherlands (64 years old). Martin Jol is a Soccer Coach, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Nationality: Netherlands. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed. @ plays for the team .


He's been named both Eredivisie Player of the Year (1985) and Eredivisie Manager of the Year (2001). He earned three caps for the Dutch national team in the early 1980s.

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Before Fame

He started playing professional soccer in 1973 and spent much of his career in the Eredivisie. He also spent time with Bayern Munich and West Brom Albion.


Biography Timeline


Jol was born in The Hague. He started his playing career with an amateur team before joining the local professional side ADO Den Haag. He turned professional with Den Haag in 1973. He won the 1975 Dutch Cup with the team defeating FC Twente. He played in the Bundesliga for the 1978–79 season with Bayern Munich before returning to the Dutch Eredivisie to play for Twente in 1979. While with Twente, he won his first cap for the Netherlands national football team in October 1980. Jol moved to England in 1982, joining West Bromwich Albion. He appeared in the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions in 1981–82. He signed for Coventry City in 1984 but wanted to leave the club after manager Bobby Gould was asked to leave. Jol returned to Den Haag in 1985, and won the 1985 Dutch Footballer of the Year award in the Eerste Divisie league.


Tottenham warmed up for the 2005–06 season by winning the pre-season tournament the Peace Cup, which featured such clubs as PSV, Olympique Lyonnais, Boca Juniors; Tottenham defeated Lyon in the final. Although Tottenham went out of both cup competitions at the first hurdle, they never once dropped out of the top six places in the league, and for much of the season, Tottenham sat in fourth place, a UEFA Champions League spot. On the final day of the season, however, Tottenham's squad was struck down by illness and Spurs were defeated by West Ham United, meaning they missed out on Champions League qualification and finished in fifth place. Nevertheless, Jol had led Tottenham to their highest league finish since 1990, which meant they had qualified for the UEFA Cup via the league for the first time since the ban on English clubs playing in Europe was lifted in 1990. The season saw Tottenham concede just 38 league goals, the fewest the club has conceded since 1971.


Jol's coaching career began in 1991 when he took over at the amateur side ADO Den Haag and took them to the highest local amateur division. Jol then moved to the leading local amateur side SVV Scheveningen for one season, where he won the national non-league championship. Jol then spent two years as manager at the professional Eredivisie side Roda JC from the town of Kerkrade, during which time he won the Dutch Cup in 1997, Roda's first trophy for 30 years. Between 1998 and 2004, Jol managed the Dutch professional team RKC Waalwijk. He started there in November with only three points at the bottom of the table. He saved them from relegation in their first year and was in contention for European football in the years after. He was honoured with the Dutch Football Writers Coach of the Year 2001 and with the Dutch Players and Coaches Coach of the Year 2002 awards.


RKC Waalwijk denied reports in June 2004 that Jol was about to become assistant manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Several days later, however, Jol was given the job under Tottenham's new coach, Jacques Santini, having been recruited by Tottenham's sporting director Frank Arnesen. Santini resigned from the manager's job after just 13 games, and on 8 November 2004, Jol was confirmed as his replacement. In his first season in charge, Jol improved their league fortunes and scrapped the defensive nature of play that Santini had instilled. After winning five league games in a row, Tottenham's best run of form since the 1992–1993 season, he won the FA Manager of the Month award in December 2004 and was strongly linked in the press with the then vacant managerial job at AFC Ajax of Amsterdam. Jol, however, ruled out moving clubs early. Jol led Tottenham to the verge of European qualification but the season ended with a ninth-place finish in the Premier League after a final day draw at home to Blackburn Rovers. This meant Spurs missed out on the UEFA Cup spot by two points. In August 2005, he signed a new three-year contract with Tottenham.


Because of the large amount of money that had been spent, Spurs were expected by the board to challenge for a top four place in the 2007–08 season. After Tottenham lost their opening two games, however, Club Secretary John Alexander and Director Paul Kemsley were photographed in a Spanish hotel with Sevilla FC manager Juande Ramos, who then claimed that Tottenham had made him a "dizzying offer" to become their manager, though this was denied by Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy. This undermined Jol's position, and he was eventually sacked by the Tottenham board on 25 October 2007 during their 2–1 defeat to Getafe CF in the UEFA Cup. News of the sacking was widely known around the ground before the final whistle, before even Jol had become aware of his fate. Jol confessed that he first became aware of the decision when his nephew told him of a text message he received saying Jol was to leave the job.

Jol rejected an approach from Birmingham City to discuss their managerial vacancy in November 2007, but was reported at the time as interested in returning to Premiership football to manage one of the clubs outside the "top four."


On 26 May 2009, it was announced that Jol was to be the new head coach of AFC Ajax, taking over from Marco van Basten, who resigned at the end of the season. Jol showed his happiness at returning to his home country and on 28 May 2009, he officially signed a three-year contract.


Jol had some consolation for the season, winning the Dutch Cup, his first trophy since winning the same competition 13 years earlier with Roda JC, by beating Feyenoord 6–1 on aggregate in the first two-leg final since 1983. During the summer of 2010, Jol was the subject of an unsuccessful attempt by Fulham to make him their new manager; Ajax refused to let him leave the club. In the same month, Jol led Ajax to the Champions League, for the first time since the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League. On 6 December 2010, Jol resigned as manager of Ajax with immediate effect after a 1–1 home draw to NEC Nijmegen that left the Amsterdam-based club in fourth place, with a five-point distance from the top of the league, after 17 games. Ajax would go on to win the Eredivisie championship under new manager Frank de Boer.


On 7 June 2011, it was announced that Jol had signed a two-year contract to take up the vacant post at Premier League side Fulham, after Mark Hughes' departure. He joined the club almost a year after nearly becoming their manager before Hughes' appointment. "I am very happy to join Fulham. It is a club with good, solid foundations and a great fan base," he said. "I am looking forward to being part of the Fulham family and thank the chairman for the trust shown in me." Jol's first game in charge of Fulham was the UEFA Europa League first round first leg against Faroese side NSÍ Runavík on 30 June 2011, Fulham winning 3–0. Jol's first Premier League game in charge was at home against Aston Villa on 13 August 2011, the game ending in a 0–0 draw. In his first season with the club, he led them to ninth place in the Premier League, collecting 52 points, one point off of Fulham's record points tally in the top division. They claimed some notable scalps during the season, including victories over Arsenal, Newcastle United, and Liverpool, plus a credible 2–2 draw against eventual league champions Manchester City. They also earned two solid draws against London rivals Chelsea and beat local rivals Queens Park Rangers firstly 6–0 at home and then 1–0 away.


In the second season Fulham finished 12th place and Jol extended his contract for another year until 30 June 2014. Jol was sacked as Fulham manager on 1 December 2013 after six successive defeats in all competitions, the last of which a 3–0 defeat to West Ham in which Fulham failed to register a single shot on target.


On 24 February 2016, Jol was appointed as the new coach of the Egyptian Premier League club, Al-Ahly. On 19 August 2016, Jol was sacked because of his bad performance in the 2016 CAF Champions League competition. On 20 August 2016, Ahly SC made a farewell party to thank Jol and to celebrate the premier league achievement.

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