Spurs duo back Jol
Paul Robinson and Darren Bent have jumped to the defence of Tottenham manager Marin Jol.
By Peter O'Rourke
Last Updated: 23/08/07 8:59am
Paul Robinson and Darren Bent have hit out at the treatment of Tottenham manager Martin Jol.
The duo are unhappy that the Dutchman's future at White Hart Lane has been questioned after only three games this season.
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos has been linked with replacing Jol, but Spurs denied speculation that they offered anyone the job.
Robinson has admitted he has been disappointed at how the Jol situation has been handled.
Disappointing"What's been happening at the club is very disappointing," said Robinson. "When you see how far Martin Jol has taken the club and the way he's managed it in the last two years, to then go behind his back to obviously seek other options is very disappointing. The manager has the full support of the players.
"I think it is very difficult for him. There's been a lot that's happened and what the club has done is very disappointing. The players are 110 per cent behind the manager and we just hope he stays as long as possible.
"I think it is known throughout the club the way the players feel about the manager. I think there a lot of players who are disappointed with the way things have unfolded this week.
"To question somebody's job after three games of the season is ridiculous, especially after what the man has done in the last two years.
"We've started the season better than Manchester United, we are above them in the league, but nobody has said anything about Sir Alex Ferguson so why should our manager be questioned?
"It's been difficult not to be affected by things, we see the TV and media like everyone and it is unsettling, especially when we've been settled for the last two or three seasons."
Summer signing Bent echoed the sentiments of Robinson, saying it is unfair that Jol has been put under so much pressure so early in the campaign.
"It's absolutely ridiculous that he's under pressure," Bent told the Daily Mail.
"He has got top-five finishes in the last two seasons.
"He's worked wonders so people talking about him getting the sack is absurd. The lads believe in him, everyone around the club loves him - you could hear the fans' reaction on Saturday and how much they admire him. He knows he's not going anywhere.
"He has made a big impact on me already. He's the one that got me from Charlton. He's going to have a massive influence on my career and I want to repay him with goals.
"His coaching methods and the way that he talks to you shows he's a top manager. He shows everyone a lot of respect, while others will hammer a player if he's not done something right. He just talks to you, gets his point across and everyone knows what he wants."