Former Tottenham boss looks unrecognisable with long ginger locks, aged 18, on first ever playing sticker | The Sun

Former Tottenham boss looks unrecognisable with long ginger locks, aged 18, on first ever playing sticker | The Sun

January 17, 2023

THIS former Tottenham boss wasn't exactly known for his flowing long hair.

But that's exactly the barnet he sported during the early days of his playing career.

Spurs find themselves in a difficult spell at the moment, slipping out of the top four amid a tricky run of results.

But when this man arrived in the mid-noughties, the Champions League wasn't much of a concern.

In fact, the season before he joined, they came 14th under David Pleat.

This no-nonsense gaffer began his playing career with ADO Den Haag in his native Netherlands.


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It was during this period that he was captured on camera with his flowing, ginger locks for his first Panini sticker.

A midfielder by trade, he eventually left ADO for Bayern Munich, but returned to his home country with Twente a year later.

He first moved to England as a player in 1981, spending three years with West Brom.

A year at Coventry was to follow, before he rounded off his playing career back at ADO.

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He kicked off his senior managerial career with Roda JC in the mid-90s, then went on to spend six years as RKC Waalwijk boss.

In 2004 he arrived at Spurs, initially as assistant to Frenchman Jacques Santini.

When Santini resigned in November of that year after just 13 games, Tottenham decided to promote his assistant to the job.

And that man was… Martin Jol.

The no-nonsense Dutchman would become a cult hero at White Hart Lane.

During three years in the hotseat he transformed expectations in N17.

Spurs came ninth in his first season, before he achieved back to back fifth-placed finishes – being cruelly denied a place in the Champions League by some infamous dodgy lasagna.

He was eventually brutally sacked at HALF TIME of their Uefa Cup clash with Getafe in October 2007, being replaced by Juande Ramos.

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Jol, now 66, moved to Hamburg and later Ajax, before returning to the Prem in June 2011, spending two and half seasons at the Fulham helm.

Following his time at Craven Cottage he had a short stint as Al-Ahly boss in Egypt in 2016.

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