Jol rejects Ramos problem

Image: Jol: Fulham boss comes up against his Spurs replacement Juande Ramos

Martin Jol has tempered suggestions of any ill-feeling between him and Juande Ramos because of their history at Tottenham.

Fulham manager denies there is any rivalry with the Spaniard

Martin Jol has tempered suggestions of any ill-feeling between him and Juande Ramos because of the Spaniard replacing him as Tottenham Hotspur coach in 2007. The Dutchman was unceremoniously sacked as Spurs boss just two months into the 2007-08 season and Ramos took over the reins at White Hart Lane. However, unlike Jol, who led the Lilywhites to two successive top-five finishes in the Premier League, Ramos failed to achieve the same level of success and was sacked in October 2008. The pair will confront each other on Thursday evening in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie at Craven Cottage, this time with Jol managing Fulham and Ramos in charge of Ukrainian club Dnipro. Jol, though, has downplayed talks of there being any bad feeling between him and the former Sevilla and Real Madrid coach, but could not resist making a sly jibe at him. "He was there for 10 or 11 months and moved on and then ended up in Ukraine," said Jol with a smile during the pre-match press conference on Wednesday. "So it's something to think about."

Strong

The Fulham boss was then eager to give Dnipro their due credit and said: "They play well. "I was there last year playing Dynamo Kiev. I think it is a strong competition." The former Hamburg and Ajax boss added that they will need to win at home to progress to the group stage of the competition. "It's a good team, if you know the level of football over there (in Ukraine)," said Jol. "They've got a couple of good teams, very strong teams. "Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk are the best two, then Dnipro. They play a high tempo, technically skillful (football). It's a very good footballing team. "We are confident, but 0-0 will not be the best of results. We need a cushion to go there because at home they are strong. We'll need a good result."

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