With Martin Jol’s position at Fulham teetering on the brink, both club and manager had found it beneficial to make a push to sign former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen as a member of Jol’s backroom staff.
Instead, Meulensteen (pictured, right) has rejected the London club’s advances in order to join the Qatar FA in what is simply being called a “lucrative” move by the English media.
The 49-year-old was, according to the Guardian, courted at Fulham by the trio of executive Alistair Makintosh, fellow Dutchman Jol, and new American owner Shahid Kahn who invited Meulensteen to the United States for talks.
Instead, the man who managed Anzhi Makhachkala for 16 days will head back to Qatar, where he managed the U-18 national team plus Qatari club sides Al-Ittihad and Al-Sadd earlier in his career.
Meulensteen will be charged with helping the country’s national team prepare for the 2022 World Cup, where much pressure has been heaped on the tiny country to perform as numerous logistical problems hover.
He spent 11 years at Manchester United, six of them as Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man on the touchline.