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Premier League: Rene Meulensteen named Fulham’s head coach and will work with Martin Jol

Fulham have announced the appointment of Rene Meulensteen as head coach alongside manager Martin Jol.

The Dutchman, who spent over a decade working at Manchester United, joins the struggling Premier League club with immediate effect.

Meulensteen worked for United as youth team and reserve coach before being promoted to assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 49-year-old left the Premier League champions in June when David Moyes succeeded Ferguson and brought in his own coaching team.

Meulensteen joined Anzhi Makhachkala in July as assistant to Guus Hiddink and was promoted to head coach when his fellow Dutchman quit after two games.

However, Meulensteen was sacked after just 16 days in charge of the Russian Premier League club and has now taken a role alongside Jol.

Meulensteen said in a statement: “I was impressed by the vision of Shahid Khan and Alistair Mackintosh.

“I have spent many hours talking with Martin Jol and we share a vision of how football should be played and how players should be developed. It is our job to make sure we can bring this vision to life on the pitch for the fans.”

Fulham FC chief executive officer Alistair Mackintosh said: “We are all delighted to welcome Rene to Fulham.

“There was always going to be a battle for Rene’s services and, with the assistance of our chairman Shahid Khan, we have been able to bring one of the best coaches in the world to Fulham.”