The Sunday People claims that Fulham could appoint former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen as a member of Martin Jol’s coaching team within 48 hours after the Fulham boss made it clear that he wants his compatriot to join the backroom staff at Craven Cottage.
Jol has told the Fulham board that he wants Meulensteen to bolster his coaching staff and talks are planned between the manager and new Fulham chairman Shahid Khan. Writing in tomorrow’s paper, Dean Jones claims that the Fulham board believe Meulensteen’s experience and coaching methods can help the club more forward and are prepared to support Jol, whose side earned a priceless win over Stoke City yesterday afternoon.
Meulensteen, now 49, began his coaching career whilst he was still playing for NEC Nijmegen, as he coached the youth team. Meuleusteen moved to Manchester United in 2007, becoming the club’s skills and technical development coach, before being promoted to first coach after Carlos Queiroz left Old Trafford to take charge of the Portuguese national side. United won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions’ League during Meulensteen’s time at the club, which ended when David Moyes decided to bring in his own coaching team.
Meulensteen moved to Anzi Makhachkala as assistant coach to Guus Hiddink in July 2013 and succeeded the former Chelsea manager as the club’s head coach when Hiddink left after just two league games. His tenure at the helm was brief, however, and Meulensteen was relieved of his duties after just sixteen days, with owner Suleiman Kerimov seeking to scale bank his investment in the club. Meulensteen has also been linked with the current managerial vacancy at Sunderland, but is believed to be interested in working with Jol at Craven Cottage.