Fulham hires Meulensteen to help out Jol

Under-pressure Fulham manager Martin Jol will be given a helping
hand by a fellow Dutchman as he tries to keep the club in the
English Premier League.

After three successive defeats saw Fulham drop into the
relegation zone, the club announced Wednesday that former
Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen will work
alongside Jol as head coach.

Meulensteen left Old Trafford six months ago in the aftermath of
Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager, and later spent 16 days in
charge of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala before being fired.

”There was always going to be a battle for Rene’s services and,
with the assistance of our chairman Shahid Khan, we’ve been able to
bring one of the best coaches in the world to Fulham,” the club’s
chief executive Alistair Mackintosh said.

The pressure on Jol has intensified in recent weeks after
comprehensive defeats to Southampton, Manchester United and
Liverpool. Against both United and Liverpool, Fulham was 3-0 down
by halftime.