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Jol starts sorting out his backroom staff

last updated Wednesday 08th June 2011, 9:40 AM

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Fulham manager Maarten Jol's first task as the new manager of Fulham will be to sort out his backroom team.

First up he wants to try to persuade Chris Hughton to join the club as his assistant.

Jol signed a two-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months, to take over at Craven Cottage in the early hours of Tuesday morning and wants to bring in Hughton, who successfully worked as his No 2 at Tottenham Hotspur.

However it is understood Hughton first wants to explore any opportunities he has to be a manager himself. He has been strongly linked to the vacant post at Cardiff City and is reluctant to step back into being part of a backroom staff.

It was Jol's close friendship with Hughton that led to the 55-year-old Dutchman ruling himself out of the running to become Newcastle United's manager at the end of last year. Hughton was harshly sacked at St James' Park and has been out of work since.

Jol will bring his brother, Cornelius "Cock", as one of his assistants and will also hire Michael Lindeman, who worked with him at Hamburg, the club Jol joined after being sacked by Spurs in October 2007, and Ajax. Ray Lewington, who is already at the club and was Roy Hodgson's assistant, will also stay.

The new arrivals will hasten the expected departure of Hughes's backroom staff, which includes Mark Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Kevin Hitchcock and Glyn Hodges who, unlike the now former manager, had two-year deals. Compensation will have to be paid by Fulham.

Source Jason Burt at Daily Telegraph
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