Following his achievements as a coach, he has been consistently linked with some of the most high profile coaching jobs in both the Netherlands and abroad.
The 48-year-old ex-Dutch iternational worked wonders with RKC, firstly saving them from relegation in 1999 and then leading the Club to mid-table safety the following year. Each year thereafter the team challenged for European qualification.
In his time with RKC he also gained a reputation for developing young players with several of his team consistently selected in the Dutch Under 21 side. His achievements as a coach were officially recognised when he was named Dutch Football Writers Coach of the Year in 2001 and Dutch Players and Coaches Coach of the Year in 2002.
Jol, who speaks three languages fluently (Dutch, German and English) in addition to some French, also had success prior to joining RKC. In a two-year spell with Roda JC, he won the Dutch Cup, which was their first Cup win for 30 years. Before Roda, Jol managed Scheveningen where he won the National Non-League Title.
An international midfielder as a player, Jol started his professional career with hometown club FC Den Haag before moving to Bayern Munich. He also enjoyed four years in England’s top flight with West Bromwich Albion and then Coventry City before returning to Den Haag to finish his career. In total he played over 400 games and is one of a very small number of Dutchmen to play at every level for his country.
Martin Jol was Head Coach of RKC Waalwijk for six years before joining Spurs in July 2004.