ANDY REID: ‘Martin Jol kick-started Spurs’ revolution over 10 years ago’

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaWith Spurs flying high in the Premier League, plaudits are flooding in for Mauricio Pochettino and his young squad. 

Tottenham, who currently sit in second place behind leaders Chelsea, are beginning to look like serious competitors in a fierce title race for a second successive season.

But it was former boss Martin Jol that deserves all the praise for this revolution, according to former midfielder Andy Reid.

Reid, who joined the club back in 2005 alongside fan-favourite Michael Dawson, believes the Dutch manager was the man to kick-start their rise under former sporting director Frank Arnesen.

“It started with Martin Jol on the playing side but behind the scenes Frank Arnesen was there as well taking care of the recruitment side as Director of Football and he helped to kick-start it,” Reid said exclusively to 888sport.

Reid continued: “at the time there was a European set-up with Martin as head coach and he was a big part of that.

Soccer - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur“It was around that time that things really started to get going and they did so by putting the infrastructure in place to move forward.”

Reid spent a year at Spurs between 2005-06 under Jol, and featured alongside the likes of Edgar Davids and Michael Carrick during his time there.

He believes that the work of his former manager has allowed for the club to really push on under Pochettino.

“We’re seeing that now with all the new contracts for the best players who are already there and that’s vital,” Reid said exclusively to 888sport.

“Holding on to the ones you have is as important as signing new players because it shows Tottenham are not a selling club which they previously had been renowned for.” 

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Reid, including his thoughts Tottenham are the only team who can catch Chelsea. 

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