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Bitter Sean Davis hits out at Spurs Boss

last updated Friday 13th January 2006, 8:27 AM
Fulham target Sean Davis
Sean Davis

Fulham old-boy and now Portsmouth new-boy Sean Davis branded Tottenham boss Martin Jol "arrogant" after ending his visitat White Hart Lane.

Davis moved to Fratton Park with Spurs team-mates Noe Pamarot and Pedro Mendes in a deal thought to be worth around £7.5million.

But the former Fulham midfielder hit out at Jol after joining Harry Redknapp's Pompey revolution.

Davis claimed if players were not part of the regular first-team squad then the Spurs coach ignored them.

"I can count on one hand how many times I spoke to Martin Jol when I was at the club," Davis told BBC Radio Five Live.

"If you are not in the first XI he doesn't really talk to you. Obviously it came across as a bit arrogant.

"It's hard to take when I was used to playing week-in week-out and then I wasn't even making a 20-man squad at Spurs," Davis added.

"When I first joined the club, Jacques Santini was the manager. So Santini brought me in, I think he brought Pedro in and Noe as well - and we are all out now.

"That's the big picture, he (Jol) wants to bring his own players in. Obviously they've brought in Edgar Davids and Jermaine Jenas - and they're great players - but the only thing that disappointed me is I was never really given a chance. I did play at the back end of last season but this season I didn't really get a look."

But Dutchman Jol, who took charge of the playing affairs at the club following Santini's abrupt departure in 2004, refused to be goaded by his criticism.

Jol said: "I think Sean is a very good player. He was a bit unfortunate - it was not even about quality - I think he was never fully fit.

"So when you're out, you have to wait for your chance. I can appreciate what he thinks but sometimes you just have to move on and now he can show he is a very good player and that he can stay fit.

"It's a very difficult one because if you never play or you are injured and come back and play occasionally, it is very difficult to keep players happy sometimes."

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