Saturday, July 17, 2010

Martin Jol Close to Become New Fulham Manager

Ajax manager Martin Jol is all set to replace Roy Hodgson as the manager of London-based club Fulham who has been in search of a new manager since the departure of Hodgson to replace Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.

There are some other candidates including former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson in the Fulham shortlist, but it looks Martin Jol would be announced as the new Fulham manager before their pre-training begins in Sweden.

Martin Jol has recently been in London to discuss his personal terms with Fulham officials. Fulham would have to pay a certain amount as compensation to Ajax as Jol still has a year left in his current contract with the Dutch club.

Martin Jol is a former Netherlands international as he represented the Dutch team in 3 international matches. As a player, he played for the clubs like West Bromwich Albion, FC Twente and Bayern Munich.

Jol has previous experience of managing Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and Bundesliga club Hamburger SV. He took over as Ajax boss in 2009 and helped them to finish second in the Dutch league last season.

As a manager Martin Jol is yet to win any big title. So, the Fulham job is a big opportunity for the 54-year-old to win something big. Here, it is noteworthy that Fulham was the losing finalists of last season’s UEFA Europe Cup.

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