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Jol quits Ajax amid Newcastle rumors

Martin Jol has previously worked in England as manager of Tottenham Hotspur between 2004-07.
Martin Jol has previously worked in England as manager of Tottenham Hotspur between 2004-07.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Martin Jol quits as coach of three-time European champions Ajax
  • The move has prompted speculation he will take over at Newcastle United
  • English Premier League club sacked manager Chris Hughton earlier on Monday
  • Former Tottenham boss Jol listed among favorites to replace him by British bookmakers

(CNN) -- Coach Martin Jol has been linked with English Premier League side Newcastle United following his decision to quit Dutch club Ajax.

Newcastle dismissed manager Chris Hughton on Monday afternoon, several hours before Jol left his post with the Amsterdam outfit.

Despite Newcastle being comfortably mid-table after winning promotion under former assistant coach Hughton, its board said it wanted someone with more experience to "take the club forward."

Jol is listed by British bookmakers as a frontrunner for the job, having spent three years with English club Tottenham Hotspur from 2004.

The Dutchman cited unrealistic expectations at Ajax as the reason for his departure.

"It's with a heavy heart that I'm leaving this great club," the 54-year-old told the three-time European champions' website.

Hughton sacked as Newcastle United manager

The expectations after last season were simply too high. We can't meet those expectations
--Martin Jol
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"I would have liked to finish what we started last summer. But I've realized that the expectations after last season were simply too high. We can't meet those expectations, and that's difficult for me.

"The amount of criticism that the club has had to endure has led to turbulence in the organization and with the players. The coming weeks are critical and I genuinely hope that something shifts in the group, enabling it to become a winning team again in the near future."

Jol arrived at the Amsterdam Arena in late May 2009, and then guided Ajax to second place in the Eredivisie and victory in the Dutch Cup.

But this season Ajax are fourth in the table, five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven and Twente, and will be eliminated from the European Champions League regardless of the result of Wednesday's final Group G match.

Former Netherlands and Ajax captain Frank De Boer has taken over the running of the team on a temporary basis ahead of the trip to AC Milan.

Hughton was sacked in the wake of Sunday's 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, a result which extended the North-East side's winless run to five games.

Despite the recent downturn in form, he had guided Newcastle into 12th in the table after 16 games.