Martin Jol Appointment As Fulham Manager Adds Character to Premier League

Fulham announced this morning that Martin Jol has been appointed manager on a two-year deal. The prospect of seeing the always engaging Dutchman back in the Premier League is definitely something I’m looking forward to this upcoming season. During his time as manager of Tottenham, his team’s performances were always entertaining to watch. His attacking philosophy and focus on youth talent will therefore make Fulham next season even more exciting to watch.

With Jol moving to Craven Cottage and, if you believe the media reports, Steve McClaren hotly favored to be the next manager of Aston Villa, the 2011-12 Premier League season could be the “year of the manager.” If Guus Hiddink joins Chelsea, next season promises to be one where you’ll have 20 intriguing characters.

Consider for a second that you’ll have, in addition to Martin Jol and possibly Steve McClaren and Guus Hiddink, the likes of Neil Warnock, David Moyes, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Roberto Mancini, Arsene Wenger, Owen Coyle, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Lambert, Steve Kean, Alan Pardew, Brendan Rogers, Steve Bruce, Harry Redknapp, Mick McCarthy, Tony Pulis and Roberto Martinez. Each of these men are complete characters. Skilled as football managers, yes, they also bring a dynamism to the league that makes it even more entertaining instead of other leagues where the managers seem to be practically invisible.

Between now and when the new season kicks off in early August, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see managerial changes at Sunderland and Blackburn. Both Steve Bruce and Steve Kean underperformed in 2010-11. And I believe that Sunderland and Blackburn both deserve managers with a better pedigree who can push these clubs on to greater glory instead of near relegation. With the Premier League still being the most popular league in the world, there will undoubtedly be some experienced foreign managers who would love the opportunity to enter Premier League management via Sunderland or Blackburn and build on the foundation that has already been built. With both of those clubs not being as big as many of the other Premier League sides, it affords a new foreign manager a longer rope to get used to the British system and to turn things around before the pressure mounts to unbearable levels.

Now that Martin Jol has triumphantly returned to Premier League management, I look forward to the prospect of seeing other managers entertain the notion of coming to England. A few that come to mind include Frank Rijkaard, Andre Villas-Boas (although a move is unlikely right now) and Marco Van Basten. And there’s always the decision of where to place the other “foreign” manager, Mark Hughes. While I’m not sure whether he would want to go back, it’d be great to see him return to managing Blackburn Rovers. Or better yet, to manage Sunderland and to push them into a Europa League spot.

8 thoughts on “Martin Jol Appointment As Fulham Manager Adds Character to Premier League”

  1. Will be interesting to see if Fulham can hold onto Clint Dempsey for next season, and if they can’t, who they will lure in to replace him. Of course having Zamora back will help fill the goal gap. Wonder if they can bring a guy like James Morrison from West Brom to fit into Dempsey’s attacking midfielder role?

  2. I was sad for Fullham after Hughes left them high and dry but Jol will be great for that club. Still not sure what Hughes was thinking. I don’t think he would leave Fullham to go to Blackburn or Sunderland but who knows.

  3. Absolutely thrilled over Jol’s appointment. He was my #1 choice to replace Hodgson last season and he was high on my list to replace Hughes. 2011-2012 will be a wild ride.

  4. What many people don’t know is that the main reason why Jol got the Fulham job is that he is a HUGE Michael Jackson fan. Him and Al Fayed first met in a karaoke bar last summer in Tokyo. They both did a duet of “Say Say Say” and that cemented their relationship.

    He will be doing the moonwalk out on the pitch for the Europa qualifier….

    1. I think it would only be appropriate for Roman, Arsene, and ‘arry to drop in Craven Cottage and record a London version of “We Are The World.” Not Avram, though. Or Ecclestone.

  5. Fulham have done very well in appointing Martin Jol as manager. He is a very good manager and I always enjoyed watching his Spurs sides play. As long as he does not lose any major players Fulham could push for a top 6 spot.

    Sunderland definitely need a new manager. Steve Bruce has spent a lot of money and has underperformed. They may be waiting till after they sell Henderson to Liverpool for upwards of 20 million pounds (excellent piece of business for a young, unproven player) to bring in a new manager and have him be involved in buying new players.

  6. James, what a pile of bollocks, Bruce is going nowhere. Sunderland finished top 10 and at on point we were pushing for a place in Europe. Nail and Ellis were quietly pleased with that because it was one of our best finishes for years. Bruce is building a squad and it takes time to get the right players together but so far he has not done too bad and his business brain is excellent. Bent wanted to go even though Bruce had hyped him in to the England team and Henderson had his head turned since Bruce hyped him in to the England team, but we made great profit from both and the money will be well invested. The next few weeks will see four or five new players to strengthen the squad. BRUCE IS STAYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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