Spurs director admits Jol has "no excuse"

Tottenham director Keith Mills admits manager Martin Jol is under pressure to keep his job.

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Speaking last Friday, 24 hours before the defeat in the derby against Arsenal, Mills, who was central to London's winning Olympic bid for 2012, told the Guardian: "We've had a lousy start to the season, there's no getting away from that.

"Actually, last season Tottenham had not a great start and had a great run up to Christmas, then dropped off after Christmas, then had a great finish.

"Whenever a football team has a rough time and starts struggling, everyone says 'Let's fire the manager'. It puts a huge pressure on the manager and the chairman and the directors."

Mills, like his fellow Spurs directors, dismissed a situation exacerbated by the board's wooing of Sevilla's coach, Juande Ramos, as "mostly media hype". But there were words of warning for the manager.

"Martin's focusing on the team; we built a fantastic team in the summer, £30m was spent on players," Mills added. "So there's no excuse, we have some great players there but we just have to make sure they play together. He's a great manager but he, along with every Premiership manager, will have the media baying for his blood if he doesn't win matches. That goes with the territory."

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