Martin Jol has been named as the new coach of Hamburger SV following his fellow Dutchman Huub Stevens' decision to return home to lead PSV Eindhoven.
'The right coach'
Most recently manager of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Jol has signed a two-year contract at Hamburg, taking him through to the summer of 2010. "We are convinced that we have chosen the right coach in Martin Jol," said Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffmann. The 52-year old Jol, who will be officially introduced next week, led Tottenham from November 2004 until his dismissal in October 2007. He had previously coached Roda JC, winning the Dutch Cup in 1997 - the club's first title in 30 years - and RKC Waalwijk. At Hamburg, he will be assisted by 42-year-old former Yugoslavia and PSV right-back Željko Petrović, who will leave his job as coach of Dutch second tier side Waalwijk. With one match remaining this season, Hamburg are fifth in the Bundesliga and on course to qualify for the first round of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
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