Jol turns to ex-Man Utd coach Meulensteen to improve Fulham campaign
Fulham manager Martin Jol will turn to former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen in an effort to improve the Cottagers’ fortunes, the Daily Mail has reported.
Jol has come under pressure in west London after Fulham made a stuttering start to the season, taking only four points from five games thus far. They currently sit in the bottom three of the early Premier League table and face a potentially season-defining month to come, with games against Cardiff, Stoke, Crystal Palace and Southampton. If Fulham do not pick up points from that run of fixtures then Jol could face dismissal.
In an effort to avoid that fate Jol has reached out to compatriot Meulensteen, a former confidant of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Meulensteen left the Premier League champions at the end of the season when Ferguson retired, eventually becoming Coach of Anzhi Makhachkala, but his time in Russia was short-lived when the owner withdrew funding and Meulensteen departed.
Meulensteen’s agent has said recently that the Dutchman was the subject of approaches from the Middle East, Germany and a London club, which the Mail are suggesting is Jol’s side. Should Meulensteen move to Craven Cottage, Fulham would be hiring a coach recently described by Robin van Persie as “one of the best in the world.”
Previously of NEC Nijmegen, the Qatar Under-18 side, Al-Ittihad and Al-Sadd, Meulensteen first worked as a youth coach at United in 2001. He left to take charge of Denmark’s Brondby in 2006, returning a year later to United.
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