Coveted trainer will not now be moving to west London club after all.
Fulham have been dealt a huge blow in their efforts to appoint former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen to manager Martin Jol’s backroom team after the Dutchman opted to take up a more lucrative job offer with the Qatar Football Association instead, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Mail.
The in-demand 49-year-old left his role with the Premier League champions at the end of last season along with former Red Devils head coach Sir Alex Ferguson, with Meulensteen becoming Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guss Hiddink’s assistant with the Russian giants in July.
However, after his compatriot stepped down from his position just two games into the 2013-14 campaign, Meulensteen took over from his compatriot as head coach of Anzhi, only to himself be sacked after only 16 days in charge of the club.
But, after having held face-to-face talks with the west Londoners last week and being offered the assistant coaches role at Craven Cottage, Meulensteen then asked the Cottagers if he could have the weekend to think the job over.
And now it is understood that Meulensteen has has since informed Fulham that he will not be teaming up with his fellow countryman in the capital this season, but will instead be taking up a role to act as technical director for the Qatari FA on a seven-figure salary.