Martin Jol is back in the Premier League after rejecting offers from around Europe and now he is looking to assemble his own Fulham dream team.
The Dutch manager wants to bring in his old assistant, Chris Hughton in as his new number 2 after being sacked as Newcastle boss last season. Jol has also got his sights on players from his old club, Tottenham as he aims to prepare bids for Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas.
Chris Hughton made a massive impact when in charge of Newcastle after gaining promotion straight back to the Premier League and Fulham now want to bring that knowledge to their backroom staff. It is unlikely that the former Newcastle manager would want to go back to working under another manager as he has managerial ambitions of his, recently being linked with the vacant Cardiff City post.
The board at Craven Cottage are hoping his close friendship with the former Ajax boss will entice him to the assistant manager position.
It is not only backroom staff the new Fulham boss is looking to shake up, he is also keen to freshen up the squad in preparation for their Europa League campaign. The West London side have been short in terms of squad numbers in the past few seasons and the new manager knows this is an issue they need to address, with Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas being the main targets.
Rumours of Moussa Dembele posibly still yet moving the other way, after reported interest from Redknapp in the player could open the door for the two players to move to Craven Cottage. Jol is known to be an admirer of Dembele however and will resist any attempts by Tottenham to pinch his Belgian.
Robbie Keane suffered a disappointing season last year after being shipped out on loan to West Ham but has shown on the international stage he is still top quality. He became the first player to score 50 goals for Ireland and even the first to do so in Britain. His high wage demands could be a problem in the deal but the desire for first team football could sway the Irishman to make a pay cut.
Jermaine Jenas has also been branded surplus to requirements and will be allowed to leave for Fulham this summer. Some reports have even suggested that Jol could be in for defensive recruitment despite their stability at the back, as he eyes Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Hutton.
With another Europa League campaign for Fulham fans to look forward to, this could be the start of more exciting times at Craven Cottage.
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