So the prolonged exit finally came to a close last night, with Martin Jol being fired by Spurs. As with most things in their part of North London this season, it was a farce, with news leaking out at the start of their loss to Getafe that he had resigned, only for the sacking to be made clear later on.
The timing is, once again, pathetic, and catching Daniel Levy on camera smiling in justification as his own club went a goal down was nothing short of disgraceful. Martin Jol hasn’t actually done that bad a job – he did well with limited resources, and then very poorly once he started to spend big. But two fifth place finishes in a row will be hard for a successor to match, given the state of their squad right now.
Incidentally, are Bolton now regretting their appointment of Gary Megson? Jol, a far superior manager, is now available. Not that I mind, because….
…looking back over the small bets I placed at the start of the season, I think this might actually be one of those rare things – a triumphant set of tips. In all, I tipped, and followed up on, four bets:
1) Bolton to go down at 6-1. The odds on that are now 7-5.
2) RVP to be Premiership top scorer at 12-1. Probably won’t happen with him out for so long, but he’ll be there or there abouts.
3) Man City to win the Premiership handicap, with a 40 point headstart. To put it another way, this is a question of ‘who will outperform their predicted points tally by the most’. City were tipped to end 13th, on 44 points. Ha. At 7/1, this is practically a banker.
4) Arsenal to win the league if you remove United and Chelsea from it. Pre-season, Liverpool were the odds on favourite for this, while Arsenal were 15/8, and Spurs, laughably, 2/1. Our title odds including United and Chelsea are now not far off these.
Thank you Mr Bookie.