Jol: Meulensteen arrival was my choice

The Fulham manager was a little surprised to be able to get his man but is hopeful that his compatriot will be able to add "more rhythm" after a poor start to the season
Martin Jol has revealed Rene Meulensteen's appointment was down to him and hopes that the new head coach can help kickstart Fulham's season.

The former Manchester United assistant manager was brought in to work alongside Jol during the international break after the Cottagers suffered a fourth consecutive defeat at Liverpool.

The appointment led to speculation that Meulensteen would replace the Dutchman, who is under pressure with the London club languishing in the Premier League relegation zone, but the ex-Tottenham boss is pleased to have him on board.

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"I'm very pleased," Jol enthused to reporters. "I really thought that [Meulensteen] was making a choice for something else; first Germany, then Qatar.

"He went to Qatar and then, fortunately enough - it was maybe coincidence - I texted him again and he said that he would come back.

"I thought that we needed something, more rhythm. Of course, if you play against Southampton away, or Manchester United or Liverpool, it's not easy but I thought we didn't play with rhythm anymore and we needed to play with more energy.

"That's what we worked on in training and, as I said, I thought we needed something and I think he was the right guy but now we need the results.

"I think there's a good spirit and we'll try to play in the style I want to play; quick football, offensive football, with one or two touches."

Fulham were hammered 4-0 at Anfield last time out and Jol has urged his players to put that dismal performance behind them when Swansea City travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday.

"That is two weeks ago so it's a new game coming up, new spells coming up so, of course, we want to do better," he remarked. "We did everything in our capabilities to improve on everything and, of course, we had international games but we had a lot of players here and we tried to work well with them."