By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger was sad to see the departure of Martin Jol.
The exit of the Tottenham manger was officially announced after their 2-1 defeat to Getafe on Thursday night after three years in charge. The Dutchman never beat Wenger during his spell in charge at White Hart Lane but the Frenchman was still unhappy to see him go.
"I think it's sad," said Wenger. "It looked like he had no real chance any more of success. He had two very good seasons but he had a bad start this year. It's hard to know what the reasons for that were but he was not given a chance to turn it around.
"I don't know if we [Arsenal] are responsible for his demise. I felt he had done well twice in this League which is not easy because there are a lot of big clubs.
"It's difficult to identify from outside what the reasons for that are. But it looks like he didn't have the complete confidence from inside the club. And then it's very difficult."
Wenger raised his eyes to the heavens when it was put to him that three Premier League managers had bitten the dust before the end of October.
"Put the safety belt on!" he said. "I feel the pressure is getting greater and it is a concern.
"Somebody asked me if I think I'm one of the safest managers in the League and I replied no-one has found a machine yet to measure how safe you are. For me technical stability is very important.
"I know I'm second in the League behind Ferguson for longevity and I don't think anyone will ever beat his record."

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Richard Clarke 26 Oct 2007