Premier League return pleases Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol said he always wanted to return to the Premier League after leaving Tottenham in 2007.
The 55-year-old Dutchman was unveiled to the media as Fulham's new manager on Tuesday and admitted he was delighted to be back in English football.
"Everybody knew I would like to come back," said Jol. "I said that when I left, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, I will be back, and now I am back."
He spent three years in charge at Tottenham from 2004 and led the club to successive fifth-place finishes in the Premier League before being fired in October 2007.
Jol had spells in Germany with Hamburg and in his homeland with Ajax, before accepting Fulham's invitation to replace Hughes in the Craven Cottage hotseat.
"I think Fulham is a traditional club, like Spurs, West Ham and all the London clubs," added Jol. "They gave me a good feeling and when we played here [with Spurs] we had a couple of good results.
"I like the colours, black and white as well - I could go on but Fulham are happy and I am happy, so hopefully we can keep it that way."
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was criticised for the way he ended Jol's tenure at White Hart Lane, but Jol says he has no ill-feeling towards his former employers.
"I've got a good relationship with Daniel, he always looked after me and there are no hard feelings," he said. "I was at Spurs for three-and-a-half years, so that was probably a record.
"Of course I'd like to have stayed, but I would like to stay at Fulham for four, five years. Hopefully it's realistic."
Jol's first game in charge will be against NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the Europa League on 30 June, the Cottagers having qualified for the competition because of their fair play record.
"This is only the second or third time Fulham have been in Europe," said Jol. "So I could have said let's start training early in June, but I thought it was a bad idea. You could consider it a friendly game with a serious touch."