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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that the club took the decision to sack manager Martin Jol and his assistant Chris Hughton.

After a confusing night at White Hart Lane in which a 2-1 Uefa Cup defeat to Getafe was largely overshadowed by rumour and counter-rumour concerning Jol, the North Londoners have moved to clear up the circumstances surrounding the Dutchman's departure from White Hart Lane.

It was initially mooted that Jol had tendered his resignation, but chairman Daniel Levy has now revealed that it was the club's decision to remove their manager before the game with Getafe.

A statement on the club's official website read: "We can confirm that the board has this evening asked Martin Jol, Club Manager and Chris Hughton, First Team Coach to stand down from their positions with immediate effect.

"We have not taken these decisions lightly or without recognition of the contribution both Martin and Chris have made to the club."

Levy himself went on to add: "For me, Martin and Chris' departure is regrettable. Our greatest wish was to see results turn in our favour and for there to be no need for change.

"We feel honoured that Martin has been manager at our club, having seen us qualify twice for Europe.

"Chris has been with us since 1977, bar a three year period, both as player and coach and he has been an excellent ambassador for the club.

"They have been professional, popular and respected members of the coaching staff and there will always be a warm welcome for them both at the Lane."

Jol also commented in the statement and insisted he bore the club no grudge over his dismissal which has been the subject of constant media speculation in recent weeks and months.

"I can understand the position of the Club in light of the results," Jol stated. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

"Tottenham Hotspur is a special club and I want to thank the terrific staff and players. For me the fans were always amazing with their support so I would also like to say thank you - I shall never forget them."

Spurs also confirmed in the statement that development coach Clive Allen and and youth team manager Alex Inglethorpe would take temporary charge of first-team affairs until a successor to Jol was found.

It is widely expected that Sevilla coach Juande Ramos will be the man to replace the Dutchman with Spurs officials reportedly having met with the Spaniard earlier in the season.


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