Fulham appoint Martin Jol as manager

Former Spurs and Ajax coach is named as Mark Hughes' successor at Craven Cottage and puts pen to paper on a two-year deal with the London club


Former Ajax and Tottenham coach Martin Jol has been confirmed as Fulham's new manager.

The Dutch coach has signed an initial two-year deal at Craven Cottage with the option to stay for a further year.

The 55-year-old will replace Mark Hughes in the hotseat following the Welshman's resignation last week.

Jol told the official Fulham website: "I am very happy to join Fulham Football Club, a wonderful traditional club. It is a club with good, solid foundations and a great fanbase.

"I am looking forward to being part of the Fulham family and thank the Chairman for the trust he’s shown in me."

The Fulham role will be Jol's sixth professional managerial position following stints in Holland with Roda JC and RKC Waalwijk before moving to White Hart Lane in 2004.

Jol was appointed as Jacques Santini's assistant manager but after a dismal start to the Premier League campaign, the French coach left the club and Jol was given the role until the end of the season.

Despite just missing out on Europe, Jol was handed a new three-year extension to his contract.

The Dutchman took Spurs on the brink of a Champions League position but missed out after the infamous final match at Upton Park, where a number of his players suffered from food poisoning on the eve of the game.

He maintained his good start to life in north London with another fifth-place finished and qualification for the Uefa Cup.

After spending big money in the summer of 2007, Jol's Spurs career went downhill and he was eventually sacked in October and replaced by Spaniard Juande Ramos.

His next managerial role was in the Bundesliga with Hamburg SV and his only season in Germany, he finished fifth with HSV and led his side to the Uefa Cup and DFB Pokal semi-finals for the first time since in over two decades.

Jol swapped Hamburg for Amsterdam and signed a three-year contract at Ajax in May 2009.

Ajax had a remarkable first Eredivisie season under Jol and they ended up with 106 league goals and a goal difference of +86. However, it was not enough to secure the league championship with Steve McClaren's FC Twente stealing the glory.

He left Ajax in December 2010 following a poor start to his second season in Holland with the Dutch giants in fourth place by the time of his departure.