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Tuesday July 31,2007

By Tony Banks


HOLLAND want Tottenham manager Martin Jol to take over as their new national team coach after Euro 2008.

Dutch coach Marco van Basten is expected to step down after the finals in Austria and Switzerland next summer.

The Daily Express understands that Jol has already been informally sounded out by the Dutch FA as to whether he would be interested in the job – but he has indicated that he wants to concentrate solely on breaking into English football’s top four with Tottenham after four years of progress. Van Basten’s contract runs out after Euro 2008, and the former Ajax and AC Milan striker has so far resisted attempts to get him to sign a new deal taking him to the 2010 World Cup.

The 42-year-old is expected to move into club management after the finals, with Chelsea looking at him as a possible successor to Jose Mourinho. Jol, 51, has been in charge at Spurs since 2004 after initially being appointed as assistant manager to the Frenchman Jacques Santini, whose spell in charge proved short-lived.

Since then the Dutchman has steadily improved Tottenham’s fortunes, last season seeing them reach both the

FA and Uefa Cup quarter-finals, yet still failing to break into the top four.

This summer Jol has spent more than £35million on players such as Darren Bent, Younes Kaboul and Gareth Bale. Jol has three years of his current contract left.

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