Martin Jol: Former Tottenham boss reveals he secretly sold Porsche 911 months after Daniel Levy gave it to him as a present
Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol has admitted he sold a Porsche 911 a matter of months after receiving it as a gift from chairman Daniel Levy.
Jol, who was in charge from 2004-07, was given the car after guiding Spurs to the Europa League at the end of the 2006/07 season.
However, the Dutchman also claimed he was promised a BMW by Levy and his vice-chairman Paul Kemsley if he got Spurs in Europe at the end of the season before, which he managed by getting them into the old UEFA Cup, which is now the Europa League.
Eventually, Jol did get his new wheels but it turned out he actually had the exact same Porsche, so he had to sell it on the sly.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Jol said: “Daniel and his vice-chairman Paul Kemsley were obsessed with the Champions League.
“Paul told me ‘if you play in Europe, I will give you a BMW’, so when we were in the UEFA Cup I was waiting for it and I think I got a watch from his driver instead. It was a nice watch, but I gave it to my nephew and I never asked about the BMW.
“Paul never turned up with the BMW, but maybe a year later when we qualified for Europe again, Daniel gave me a Porsche 911. That was nice, but the thing was I already had the same Porsche, so secretly I sold it a couple of months later.
“It didn’t come with any of the papers, so I had to make an excuse to ask for them so I could sell it!”
Spurs take on Dutch side Ajax, a team Jol managed in the 2009/10 season, for a place in the Champions League final with the first leg of the semi-final tie in north London on Tuesday.
Current boss Mauricio Pochettino has brought Champions League football to Spurs for the last three seasons – a feat Jol couldn’t quite manage.
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But Spurs came exceptionally close in 2005/06 when they began the final weekend in fourth spot, but local rivals Arsenal snatched it away from them following their win over Wigan and Spurs’ damaging loss at West Ham.
However, Spurs’ defeat at Upton Park wasn’t without controversy as a number of their players were struck with a bout of food poisoning on the morning of the game.
They lost 2-1 and their Champions League hopes went up in smoke but Jol refused to fully blame the dodgy lasagne the players received on their defeat.
Jol added: “On the morning of the game, at 4.30am, the doctor phoned me and said ‘we’ve got a problem, the players are ill’.
“It was obvious something went off. People were going to the doctor and all sorts, it was very strange, but I don’t want to blame anything like that.
“It was never easy to go to West Ham, so I don’t want to look for an excuse.
“I can remember Michael Carrick was ill and he still played, but it’s too long ago to worry about. We were the best of the rest at the time and that was good.”
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