Dutchman will help to ensure the Qatari national team is ready for the 2022 World Cup.
Former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen has decided to turn down the opportunity to join Fulham manager Martin Jol’s backroom staff at Craven Cottage and instead take up a more lucrative job offer with the Qatar Football Association, according to reports in the Sunday Express.
The highly rated Dutchman spent 11 hugely successful years with the Premier League giants, working in various different roles at Old Trafford ranging from youth-team coach, to reserve-team coach and then finally after a short stint in charge of Danish side Bronby, Meulensteen came back to the north west to act as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant coach in 2007.
However, after the Scot’s shock announcement at the back-end of the previous campaign to finally quit the Red Devils and retire from all football, Meulensteen also decided to leave the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ himself and join compatriot Guus Hiddink as his right-hand man at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
But after his compatriot had left Anzhi just two games into the new season, Meulensteen was promoted to manage the side, only to then be sacked by the club just 16 days later, resulting in this recent scramble for his services, with the Dutchman having now confirmed that he has accepted the Qatari’s big-money offer to become their technical director leading up to the 2022 World Cup.