Former Manchester United coach Meulensteen in advanced talks to join Fulham staff

The Dutchman left Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and then lost his job as Anzhi Makhachkala manager after just 16 days but could soon return to work
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Rene Meulensteen is in advanced talks to join the Fulham coaching staff, Goal understands.

Sir Alex Ferguson's senior coach at Manchester United, until the Scot retired in May, has been in Jacksonville for discussions with Fulham owner Shahid Khan.

But Goal understands that there are no plans to dismiss manager Martin Jol even if the London club's wretched start to the season continues on Saturday against Stoke City.

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Jol is believed to be fully behind plans to lure fellow Dutchman Meulensteen, described by Robin van Persie as "one of the best in the world", as he attempts to shake up Fulham's first-team coaching staff.

The Cottagers boss's long time assistant, Michael Lindeman, is expected to stay on but Billy McKinley, the first-team coach, could make way for Meulensteen.

The former United coach has been in talks with Fulham for some time and is keen to take up a long-term role following a 16-day spell at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala after leaving Old Trafford. Meulensteen wants assurances that he will have a future at Craven Cottage even if Jol loses his job.

An appointment could be made during the forthcoming international break should Meulensteen get the assurances he is seeking.

Khan, the owner of NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, is keen to give Jol more time to turn around Fulham's poor start to the season, which has left them 18th in the league table with only four points from the opening six fixtures.