Jol makes plans to spur past Gunners

Last updated at 11:53 02 July 2007

Tottenham manager Martin Jol has set himself a three-year target to make

his side into a potent Premier League force.

The Dutchman has guided the north Londoners to successive fifth-placed

top-flight finishes.

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Martin Jol

But after signing striker Darren Bent from Charlton last week - and also

bringing in teenage Southampton defender Gareth Bale - Jol will look to

captalise on the strife at bitter rivals Arsenal to cement a Champions

League place this time round.

Expectations are high at White Hart Lane after the £26m outlay so far but

Jol will not demand instant results.

He said: "I'd like to stay for another three years, which would make it

six years in total. That would be marvellous because on average Spurs

managers last 16 to 18 months.

"For me as a manager it would be important to win the title, not the FA

Cup. But it's impossible at Spurs.

"Top four though, say if one club falls out of the top four, Liverpool or

Arsenal, why shouldn't we take up that position? Why not?"

French prodigy Adel Taarabt and young Spanish striker Yuri Berbiche have

also been added to the squad this summer, with Auxerre defender Younes

Kaboul (£7.5m) expected next along with £10m-rated West Brom defender

Curtis Davies.

And sporting director Damien Comolli is targeting a left-sided midfielder

- all with the full backing od chairman Daniel Levy.

A club insider told the Daily Mirror: "The feeling between Martin and

Daniel was very positive. They sat around the table, with Damien, and

there was an agreement about what we should be looking to do.

"We feel this is the year when, with the squad we've got and the set-up,

we really have to go for it and deliver what the fans want."

Adding Bent to a strike force led by Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane

seemed likely to lead to the departure of Jermain Defoe, who has still to

respond to the club's offer of a new £30,000-a-week contract.

Yet that may not be the case. The senior source added: "If we can keep him

"we will have the best set of strikers in the Premiership.

"That's something Martin has been thinking about with Daniel, because to

have Dimitar, Robbie, Darren and Jermain would be such an exciting


"Martin has admitted that while he was happy to achieve fifth place for

the last two years, in his heart of hearts he knows it should have been

fourth, because we missed out by so little.

"You can't legislate for what happened on the final day of the season two

years ago, when the squad was struck down with food poisoning on the eve

of the final game at West Ham. "But what cost us was our poor start.

"It isn't quite a feeling that there are no excuses if we don't make it.

"But at the same time everybody agrees there will be no excuses if we

don't give it absolutely everything, and make sure we go about doing that

in the right way."

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