Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Jol relishing Premier League return

Martin Jol

New Fulham manager Martin Jol says he always harboured ambitions to return to English football after his spell in charge of Tottenham.

Jol was unveiled as Mark Hughes' successor at Craven Cottage on Tuesday, having come close to joining the London club last summer. The Dutchman, who has been without a club since leaving Ajax last year, spent three years in charge of Tottenham between 2004 and 2007, and he is delighted to be back in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "Everybody knew I would like to come back. I said that when I left, like Arnold Schwarzenegger I will be back, and I am back."

Jol also revealed one of the main attractions in taking the Cottagers job was that he would be in charge of a club with a proud tradition.

"I think Fulham is a traditional club, like Spurs, West Ham and all the London clubs. They gave me a good feeling and when we played here (with Spurs) we had a couple of good results, and I like the colours, black and white as well.

"I could go on but Fulham are happy, I am happy, so hopefully we can keep it that way."

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