Martin Jol been appointed as manager of Fulham, 12 months after the west London club first tried to take the Dutchman to Craven Cottage.
The Dutchman, formerly manager of Tottenham Hotspur, from where he was unceremoniously dumped during a Uefa Cup match against Getafe some four years ago, has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, with the option of a third.
Fulham first approached Jol last summer in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s move to Liverpool, however Jol, although receptive to the approach, was Head Coach of Ajax at the time, and the Dutch giants were unwilling to allow Jol to leave. Fulham therefore, looked elsewhere, and appointed Mark Hughes, who lead the side to an eighth place finish and a spot in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League, thanks to the Uefa fair play league, before resigning on Wednesday.
Jol left Amsterdam in December, after a series of disagreements with the club’s board, and the former Hamburg boss now arrives back in the Premier League, looking forward to leading Fulham.
“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.”