Martin Jol Resigned As Manager Of Ajax

Martin Jol has quit as manager of Dutch side Ajax after a poor run of form by the four-time European champions. The former Tottenham boss has left the Amsterdam club after a 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen on Saturday that saw them slip to fourth in the Dutch Eredivisie. Ajax travel to AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday but cannot qualify from the group stage.

Jol, 54, was coach of Tottenham from 2004 until 2007 before he was replaced by Spaniard Juande Ramos. After spending the 2008-09 season with Hamburg, Jol joined Ajax and guided them to second in the league last season, won the Dutch Cup and qualified for the Champions League.

"With pain in my heart I say goodbye to this wonderful club. We started something last summer that I would have finished but I have come to realise that the expectations after last season were too high. We cannot meet such expectations. The amount of criticism that the club has had to endure daily has led to unrest in the club and among players. I take this decision consciously before AC Milan v Ajax is played. The coming weeks are very important and I sincerely hope that something happens in the squad to make it in the short term a winning team," said Jol.

Former Netherlands defender Frank de Boer will take temporary charge at Ajax until the winter break begins on 24 December. Meanwhile, Martin Jol has been linked with Newcastle as a replacement for Chris Hughton who was sacked on Monday after the club said that they needed someone with more experience to take the Magpies forward.

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