Jol excited by Fulham future after meeting new owner Khan

The USA-based businessman purchased 100 per cent ownership of the Cottagers on July 12, with the manager expressing his happiness before paying tribute to Mohamed Al Fayed
Fulham manager Martin Jol has spoken of his excitement for the club's future after meeting new owner Shahid Khan for the first time.

The Pakistan-born businessman purchased a 100 per cent ownership stake in the club on July 12, ending Mohamed Al Fayed's 16-year reign at Craven Cottage, and Jol paid tribute to the former owner's impact on the Cottagers.

"I'm delighted that Mr Khan has such a passion for football and has great ambitions for what we can achieve," Jol told Fulham's official website. "A link with the Jacksonville Jaguars is very exciting and I know we're all looking forward to a successful future together.

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"Mr Al Fayed was a fantastic chairman and I would like to publicly thank him for what he did for Fulham and the fans. Without him, the club would not be in this position so we all owe him a great debt of gratitude as he passes his custodianship over to Mr Khan."

Khan was unable to meet Jol and club captain Brede Hangeland when his takeover was confirmed, but now the American and central defender are positive of Fulham's prospects ahead of the new season.

"The one regret from last week was leaving London without the opportunity to meet with Martin Jol or Brede Hangeland," Khan said.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly welcome Martin and Brede, thank them for their commitment to Fulham and wish them the best as we begin our 13th season in the Premier League."

Hangeland added: "Last weekend's announcement was greeted with much positivity and excitement. We want to make it a campaign to remember for everyone involved."