Martin Jol Decides to Stick It Out at Ajax and Turns Down Fulham Offer

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May 02, 2010 - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - epa02140346 Ajax coach Martin Jol reacts as despite the 1-4 victory over NEC 02 May 2010 in Nijmegen, Ajax will not win the Dutch soccer championship. FC Twente won the final match of the season against NAC Breda with 0-2 to secure the title for the first time.

Ajax manager Martin Jol has ruled out a move to Fulham by confirming he will stay on with the Dutch club.

Jol had been strongly linked with a switch to Craven Cottage since former boss Roy Hodgson departed for Liverpool last month.

Former Tottenham boss Jol, who took over as Ajax manager last year, had at one point looked likely to join the Cottagers after it was reported he was keen on a return to the Premier League, and frustrated by financial constraints at the Amsterdam outfit.

But compensation talks at Ajax stalled, with the Eredivisie club intent on retaining the 54-year-old’s services.


“Ajax let me know they didn’t want me to go,” Jol told the club’s official website. “And I don’t think I can bring myself to leave Ajax at this time.

“I came here last summer to be successful, the build a good team and to have fun.

“And those three things are what I am interested in achieving next season.” (Sky Sports)

So there you have it. Fulham’s interest in the former Tottenham man may well help benefit the Dutch club as they will now surely not offload the talent that Jol was worried he had to let go in order to avert further financial problems.

The gruff mafia boss-like cuddly teddy bear of a manager was worried he would have to let some of his star performers go but it seems he may well keep the likes of Gregory van der Wiel and Luis Suarez.

Fulham will now have to look at alternative with Sven Goran-Eriksson being the most likely to be offered the Craven Cottage post.

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