Fulham appoint Jol

If they could, they would have appointed him last year, but Fulham have finally got their man, after handing Martin Jol a two-year contract to manage the club.

In the wake of Roy Hodgson's departure last July, Fulham got as far as agreeing personal terms with Jol, only for Ajax, his employers at the time, to firmly shut the Craven Cottage gate and refuse to let Jol walk away from his contract.

But after Mark Hughes activated a break clause in his contract, Fulham chief executive Alastair Mackintosh had plans of where to turn next.

'I am very happy to join Fulham, a wonderful, traditional club,' Jol said. '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 have little time to work with his new players before the club's season kicks off, with a Europa League first qualifying round tie due to take place on 30 June.

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