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Schwarzer happy with Maarten Jol appointment

last updated Thursday 09th June 2011, 1:09 PM

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer
Fulham keeper
Mark Schwarzer
Mark Schwarzer
Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer believes it was quite a coup to secure Martin Jol as the west London club's new manager.

The 55-year-old former Tottenham boss finally moved into the Craven Cottage hotseat when he replaced Mark Hughes, who resigned last Thursday after just one season at the helm.

Jol came close to taking over from Roy Hodgson 12 months ago, only to see Ajax block the move.

Schwarzer feels Jol, who left the Dutch club in December, was definitely the right choice to take Fulham forwards as they prepare for a Europa League qualifier in just three weeks.

The Australian international told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Martin Jol is a very well respected and successful manager.

"His last job was at Ajax, prior to that he was at Hamburg and before that he was at Tottenham. They are some very big clubs he has been involved in.

"The Dutch are renowned for their coaching ability and I am looking forward to working with him."

Schwarzer added: "I think the club was very conscious of the position we were in last season when two weeks before the first game we still didn't have a new manager.

"It was well documented last season they were after Martin Jol and this time they've got him. It is definitely a positive move to have it all sorted out now. Our pre-season starts on June 23 because we are in the Europa League, so it was vital that we moved quickly on a manager and now he can start planning for the season ahead."

Schwarzer is recovering from a groin operation and turns 39 in October, but has no intentions of hanging up his gloves just yet.

He added "At this moment in time I feel great and I am working as hard as ever.

"As long as my performances remain good enough to play at this level I will continue to play. I work very hard because the older you get it does get more difficult and you have to adjust yourself with age - the way you live your life, the way you eat and the way you train.

"As long as I continue to enjoy playing, fit and playing well then I will continue. There's even the potential, if I play enough games next season, for an option for another year and I have got my sights set on that and helping Australia qualify for the 2014 World Cup."

Source Evening Standard
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