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Jol rejects Blues approach
20 Nov 2007 - 08:12:12
Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol has rejected an approach from Birmingham City to take the reins at St Andrew's.
The Blues are on the lookout for a new manager following Steve Bruce's departure to Wigan Athletic on Monday.
But Dutchman Jol, who was sacked by Spurs last month following three years at White Hart Lane, has rejected the opportunity to make a quick-fire return to the Premier League.
"We did speak to Martin over the weekend," revealed Birmingham chairman David Sullivan.
"Martin thanked us for our interest but said it was too early for him to consider coming back to football.
"Martin is the type of coach we are looking at - someone with a pedigree that will excite supporters."
Meanwhile, Sullivan has suggested the club will cast the net as wide as possible in their search to find a new manager.
He added: "The usual suspects will be on everyone's lips but this could be a fresh start for Birmingham.
"We are looking at candidates of a certain level. It is difficult to try to get someone in who the dressing room will respect.
"Do you take a chance on an unproven coach at this level with a group of young players who will need guidance and will be looking for inspiration?
"Or do you go for a more experienced voice, someone respected in the world of football?"