Schadenfreude: Martin Jol and Chris Hughton

What a lovely word. Germanic in origin, universal in application. The warm fuzzies one gets when reveling in the comeuppance of others. Usually the ‘others’ are the ones who gave you grief in the not too distant past. An emotional state that Germany find themselves against England since their 1966 World Cup loss.
Chris Hughton takes over Newcastle Utd as caretaker manager after being unceremoniously booted out with Martin Jol from Spurs, in a coaching purge that ushered in Juande Ramos and Gus Poyet. For all their off season splash Spurs are still looking for a win. Meanwhile Newcastle had a bright start to their season with an inspired display against Man Utd before the Mike Ashley- Dennis Wise tag team overreached.
Rudderless with big holes at the back, they have eked out a win and are a spot above dead last Spurs. Hughton needs to tighten up the defense and instill confidence in his players. I still see Newcastle as a decent team which should pull its way to mid table.
Newcastle meet Spurs tonight in a Carling Cup encounter which should prove interesting.
Martin Jol has guided Hamburger SV to its brightest start in 9 years. They lie fourth in the Bundesliga.

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