Jol: Change does not guarantee results
Martin Jol does not believe a change of manager guarantees an improvement as he prepare to face Maurice Steijn's ADO Den Haag side.
The Ajax manager is hoping to make further inroads into FC Twente's lead at the top of the Eredivisie this weekend. Jol's team, who trail Steve McClaren's table-toppers by four points with five games remaining, travel to ADO on Friday with the hosts to be led by Steijn following the departure of Ray Atteveld earlier this week.
The club are 16th in the table, occupying one of the relegation play-off spots. But former Tottenham manager Jol does not think a change of personnel will guarantee ADO their Eredivisie future.
He told his club's official website: "Heerenveen and Willem II replaced their coach during the season but their results are not much better."
Jol, who is already looking forward to the KNVB Cup final clash against Feyenoord on April 25, knows FC Twente need to slip up if his team are to have any chance of winning the league. He added: "We are closer to a cup win than we are to the championship.
The cup is a final, one match. The league is for us something different."
Ajax will still be without the services of Sweden international Rasmus Lindgren at ADO - the midfielder has been out since February with a knee injury. Jol revealed: "It is not clear exactly what is going on.
The pain started getting worse today, so he had to leave training prematurely. We'll have to see what the latest is."
FC Twente go in search of a club record 24th win at VVV Venlo, while Friday's other games see fifth-placed AZ Alkmaar take on FC Utrecht, who are just three points and one place behind them, eighth-placed Groningen travel to Vitesse Arnhem, Heerenveen take on struggling Sparta Rotterdam, while Roda JC will hope to improve their chances of a top half finish with victory over doomed RKC Waalwijk. PSV - like Ajax - are in action on Sunday, with a trip to Willem II.
Feyenoord welcome NAC Breda to De Kuip as they seek to cement fourth place - they trail third-placed PSV by a whopping 14 points. Sunday's other match sees Heracles take on an NEC side who still need points to avoid an end of season struggle at the wrong end.