FA to investigate betting on Jol sacking
The Football Association (FA) is to investigate bookmaker Coral’s decision to close their market on Tottenham manager Martin Jol to be the next premier league manager to be sacked.
Coral have agreed to co-operate with the FA, although under current laws, they are not required to share any information with third-parties. Despite receiving numerous large bets late last week which caused their initial concern, Coral now believe there is nothing to worry about and have since reopened the market. They now see Spurs manager Jol as 11/4 to be the next premier league manger to leave his post, behind Bolton’s Sammy Lee at 7/4.
Even so, the FA will still investigate the matter as betting in sport and especially the use of insider information to gain an advantage over the bookies has become a growing concern.
"We take reports of suspicious betting activity in football very seriously and will be gathering as much information as we can in the coming days," said an FA spokesman.
"We have clear rules on betting, which cover the use of insider information, and we will be looking to see if any rules have been broken."
Jol, meanwhile, has become increasingly worried about the “whispers” around the security of his job, which have heightened since the news that Spurs vice-chairman Paul Kemsley and secretary John Alexander met with Seville coach Juande Ramos last Friday. Former Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann has also been touted as a possible replacement for Jol.
"I thought there were whispers last year and there are whispers at any club all the time. The only thing for me is that it was a bit early, early days, you say early doors? But as a foreigner, you have to prove yourself,” said Jol.
"To be honest, I always force myself to think positive. That is what I did before the game. After any game you can feel different, I don't feel particularly happy now,” Jol continued, referring to Spurs’ first victory of the season over Derby County.
Jol and chairman Daniel Levy are set for clear-the-air talks later this week, though the club have pointed out that they are not in talks to replace him. However, such a statement in football cannot be taken with solid reassurance.
Nevertheless, things will not get much easier for Jol. His team will face Manchester United next weekend who will be reeling from their 1-0 derby defeat to Manchester City yesterday and will be eager to improve their dreadful start to the season.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-08-20 12:29:51