Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is being linked with Martin Jol's job at Tottenham.

After defeat to Arsenal yesterday, the Mail on Sunday says it known that Italy's World Cup-winning coach, Marcello Lippi, would like to manage in the Premier League and Houllier would welcome a return, despite being close to rejoining the French Federation as technical director.

There was sympathy for Jol from his Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, who celebrated his new three-year contract with a fourth consecutive win.

"I always have sympathy for a manager going through a bad spell," said Wenger. "It happens to everyone. It happened to me. He just needs support."