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TON UP FOR MARTIN

Posted on 15 December 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol reaches the 100-game mark in charge of the Club at Manchester City on Sunday.

Martin Jol reaches the 100-game mark in charge of the Club at Manchester City on Sunday.

His first official match was the League Cup tie at Burnley on November 8, 2004.

The 99 so far break down as 81 in the Premiership, seven in the FA Cup, five in the League Cup and six in the UEFA Cup.

Martin is delighted to reach his first major milestone. "Hopefully it's the first of many here because I feel we’re building something special," said Martin as he reflected on those couple of years in charge.

What were his highlights? "I thought it was very good last season that we didn’t have back-to-back defeats and a few games stand out.

"The Chelsea game this season, our first win against a ‘top’ side; Arsenal away last season when we played some outstanding football and they were very surprised; Everton at home a couple of seasons ago when they were very strong and finished fourth but we managed to win 5-2 with two goals from Dean Marney. We also beat them away 1-0 and should have won by more.

"We haven’t lost against an international team in either a friendly or in the UEFA Cup this season and Besiktas was a special away win because everyone knew it would be difficult in front of an unbelievable crowd and after the game everyone realised we did something special.

"Achieving European football last season was great, the first time in 23 years from league position and our highest league finish since 1989-90.

"There are lots of memories and hopefully we can achieve more and win some silverware.

"Our fans are special, they know we are building and we are more talented than ever. There is so much to look forward to and with the talent here, with our support, our organisation and the continued backing from the board, I think we can achieve things."