Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol insists he did not know he had been sacked by the club until after Thursday's UEFA Cup defeat to Getafe.
The Dutchman says his nephew told him the news after the 2-1 loss, although rumours about Jol's exit had begun during the match.
Jol admitted to the Sunday People that he was embarrassed that fans knew of his departure before he did.
He said: "The first I knew was when I saw my nephew in the tunnel immediately after the game and he pulled me to one side and told me what everyone else seemed to know already.
"So it is rubbish to say that I heard about it before the game.
"I went into the dressing room to tell the players and say farewell to them - and they all stood up and applauded me.
"I don't have a problem with Daniel (Levy) or the club because they treated me very well throughout my time there. Spurs are a great club and I am 100 per cent certain that they will get better and better.
"They will strengthen the team and when Ledley King is back from injury soon they will be very strong.
"I am going to have a few weeks off but I would love to stay in English football. I have a house here, my daughter is settled in school and we love it in England."