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Premier League clubs on alert as Jol leaves Ajax

Premier League clubs with managerial issues have been put on alert after news that Martin Jol has agreed to leave Dutch club Ajax by mutual consent.

The former Tottenham boss was in charge of the Amsterdam club for just 19 months but has decided, with a little push by club officials, to move on.

Jol had previously been linked with the Fulham post when it was vacant after Roy Hodgson's departure but in the end Ajax did not allow him to leave. His name has also been thrown up in the same sentence as Newcastle United more recently in the wake of Chris Hughton's shock sacking.

Ajax confirmed that Frank de Boer would take over whilst Jol admitted he was leaving Amsterdam ArenA with a heavy heart.

"With pain in my heart I say goodbye to this wonderful club," he told the club's official website.

"We started something last summer that I would have finished. But I have come to realise that the expectations after last season were too high.

"We cannot meet such expectations.

"The amount of criticism that the club has had to endure daily has led to unrest in the club and among players.

"I take this decision consciously before AC Milan v Ajax (in the Champions League) is played (on Wednesday).

"The coming weeks are very important and I sincerely hope that something happens in the squad to make it in the short term a winning team."

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