Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Martin Jol is new Fulham Manager

Martin Jol is returning to the Premier League as Fulham manager, four years after an acrimonious exit from London rivals Tottenham.The 55-year-old Dutchman has agreed to an initial two-year contract with Fulham, with the option for a further year's extension, the club said.Jol is replacing Mark Hughes, who resigned last week after just one season in charge at Craven Cottage.
"I am very happy to join Fulham Football Club, a wonderful traditional club,'' Jol said on the club website.. "It is a club with good, solid foundations and a great fan base. I am looking forward to being part of the Fulham family and thank the chairman for the trust he's shown in me.''
Jol will be Fulham's third manager is as many seasons.
"He understands my vision for the club, and believes in what we are striving to achieve here,'' Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed said. "I know that he will dedicate himself to helping us move forward, and is with us for the long term, to help us build and progress.
"We have enjoyed three incredibly successful years, and my hopes and dreams for this club are for that journey to continue. I know that with his wealth of experience and success, Martin is the right man to help us do this.''
A former player with clubs including Bayern Munich, West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City, Jol coached Dutch teams Roda JC Kerkrade and RKC Waalwijk before moving to Tottenham.
Since being ditched by Tottenham in 2007 despite successive fifth-place finishes, Jol has coached Hamburg and Ajax.
Jol has been out of work since quitting Ajax in December, following a slump in fortunes after leading the Dutch club to second in the league and a place in the Champions League.
Jol will start working with his new Fulham players from June 23 when they return from their summer break in time to prepare for a Europa League qualifier. Fulham reached the 2010 final under Roy Hodgson but lost to Atletico Madrid.

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