Didier Zokora has revealed Tottenham teammate Jermain Defoe was in tears over Martin Jol's dismissal earlier this season.

"It's difficult because the fans love Martin Jol. In the last two seasons Spurs finished fifth and played in the Uefa Cup and now..." he told the Observer.

Was he surprised?

"Yes. We players didn't know until after the [Getafe] game. He got dressed quickly in the changing room and said to me, 'Didier, good luck for your career.' We were all shocked. Jermain Defoe was in tears."