Fredi delighted with Jol
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fredi Kanoute has publicly praised Spurs boss Martin Jol and his new regime.Fredi Kanoute has publicly praised Spurs boss Martin Jol and revealed he is revelling under the new regime.
Ex-France manager Jacques Santini left the North London side in November and Tottenham, as well as Kanoute himself, have enjoyed a resurgence of form ever since.
However, under Jol, Kanoute got off to a disastrous start by conceding an unfortunate handball against Liverpool in the Carling Cup, leading to Spurs being dumped out of the competition.
In the aftermath of the incident Jol was very critical of the forward, and it seemed that Kanoute's time was limited as he was dropped to the bench for the following game against Blackburn.
The Dutch boss later apologised for his outburst, and reconciliation followed with the 27-year-old who revealed that he never actually saw the criticisms levelled at him.
"It was clever of him because he knew it was a mistake," Kanoute told the Daily Mail.
"I didn't read the newspapers and I don't have satellite television so I didn't really know what he had said.
"Maybe if I had we would have had a big argument."
Ever since the incident Kanoute's form has been superb, and he has even been linked with a move to Catalan giants Barcelona.
However Kanoute is only thinking about the improved atmosphere around White Hart Lane since Santini left, and has revealed that the Frenchman was unhappy with the restrictions of his official role at the club.
"There is a real buzz about the place and we are definitely improving.
"We have new players, a new manager and a new direction. Under Jol, there is much more motivation.
"A lot has changed in his short spell as manager and everyone wants to be a part of it. The training ground is a happier place to be.
"We are playing better because we focus more on technical ability and the way he wants us to play.
"Santini found it difficult because he wanted to be the real boss and it didn't work out the way he wanted it to.
"He was a bit confused about his role at Spurs and found it difficult to adapt."
Obviously delighted with the way the season is progressing for the perennial mid-table finishers, Kanoute is now targeting an unlikely UEFA Champions League spot.
Although he has acknowledged that the side are still mentally weak following the club's early poor form this season.
"We can be fragile and, if we lose against Chelsea, the doubts might be there again.
"I don't think Chelsea are that much stronger and, if we keep our heads up, we could finish fourth.
"It won't be an easy game, but I feel we can do something special against them, especially at home."