Martin Jol New Manager of Fulham

Martin Jol, Fulham Manager

He’s Back!

Jol has returned to English football as the new manager of Fulham,

Four years ago he was fired by Tottenham Hotspur.

Reportedly he heard of his upcoming sacking in a text message from his nephew midway through a UEFA Cup tie against Getafe at White Hart Lane in October 2007.

Jol said he has no "hard feelings" and no "unfinished business" Spur’s chairman Daniel Levy but said he felt "bruised" by the experience.

"I said to Daniel when I came to England, 'If you leave me, if you let me work for you, they will push you around the streets of London like a king'. And they never did," Jol said. "There was never a problem with Comolli. The only thing was, he was responsible for most of the football things."

"He came up with Ramos, but that was before, that was already in July. And that was a bit strange, to say the least."

He has signed a two-year deal with Fulham worth £2m a year.

"I love England, I was in Walsall and I loved it, even though maybe it's not the best place. Everyone knows I wanted to come back to England. When I left Spurs I said I was like Arnold Schwarzenegger – 'I'll be back' – and now I am."

Jol replaces Mark Hughes, who walked out of the club last month after taking the club to eighth place last season.

Jol said yesterday he would "like to stay here at least three or four years" and promised he would not be using his time at Craven Cottage as a chance to put himself forward for a better job in the Premier League.

"I don't have to use this club as a stepping stone because I was at bigger clubs before. I love the people here," Jol said. "If I would have that ambition I would have done that. It's about relationships. They were very good to me last year, this year again. Fulham is as not as big as Arsenal or Spurs. But it is a great club, the oldest in London. That's why I came here."

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