Meulensteen turns down Fulham role

Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has rejected an offer to become assistant manager at Fulham, BBC Sport has reported, as he continues to speak with the Qatar Football Association over the position of technical director.

Meulensteen left United when Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the season and his replacement, Everton manager David Moyes, chose to bring in a number of his staff from Goodison Park. The Dutchman spent 12 years in a variety of roles at Old Trafford, starting out as a youth team coach before playing a role in the first team set-up and winning three Premier League titles.

He briefly worked alongside Guus Hiddink at Anzhi Makhachkala but left the Russian club when funding was withdrawn by the owner. Meulensteen returned to England and was approach by Fulham but admitted to having concerns over Martin Jol’s position as the Cottagers boss came under pressure following a slow start to the season. Fulham are currently 17th in the table with seven points from as many games.

Meulensteen did meet with Fulham over Shahid Khan during a trip to the United States but had also spoken with the Qatari delegation and has a history of working in the country, having taken charge of the national youth team and two local clubs. Meulensteen has also coached Danish side Brondby.

The BBC adds that Meulensteen contacted Fulham’s chief executive, Alistair Mackintosh, on Monday to official reject the job offer that was made on Friday, and is expected to finalise negotiations with the Qatar FA.

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