Football Language 2006-07: Martin Jol

Martin Jol: The Tottenham manager has always been regarded as being rather ‘handy’ (tough to you non-Londoners) mainly down to the way he looks (nicknamed Tony from the TV show ‘The Sopranos’) and the way he silenced Arsene Wenger at ‘The Library’ last season.

The Tottenham manager has always been regarded as being rather ‘handy’ (tough to you non-Londoners) mainly down to the way he looks (nicknamed Tony from the TV show ‘The Sopranos’) and the way he silenced Arsene Wenger at ‘The Library’ last season. So was yesterday’s outburst at the referee in the Spurs-Blackburn match simply maintaining this ‘hard man’ persona or demonstrating his frustration at Spurs’ inability to yet again turn possession (and in yesterday’s case numerical advantage) into three points?
Spurs have still to win away from home and the goals just are not coming. Will the team turn the corner as they have been hinting at or will they end up like Middlesbrough last season – occasional flashes of brilliance, strong cup runs at home and in Europe but finishing in 13th place in the league? I think I know what Tony Soprano would have to say about it.

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