Martin Jol insists he is concentrating on turning Hamburg into a top side despite speculation with a move to Manchester City, the Germans’ opponents in Thursday’s UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg.
With a 3-1 lead from the first encounter Bundesliga title contenders Hamburg look on course to reach the last four and former Spurs boss Jol is keen to stay in Germany, even if media reports say he could replace Mark Hughes should the Welshman leave City in the summer.
“The name Jol gets bandied about at every English club which happens to have a problem with its coach. It really gets on my nerves. But I’m not thinking about it (leaving Hamburg) in the slightest,” he insisted.
“I am at a great club with great fans with a great environment, the likes of which few clubs can boast in Europe.
“I am very happy here,” he told Bild.
“Working conditions are great – Hamburg are a club steeped in tradition such as only three or four clubs are in England.”
Jol has a contract until the end of next season and while he has not yet talked about an extension he admits that “I can imagine working here for a lot longer yet.”
“They want to take the next step, so I’ve read – and I’m curious to see what that entails,” said Jol.