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Fulham Boss Jol: Managerial contracts merely pieces of paper

Fulham boss Martin Jol believes managerial contracts are so easily broken because of the volatile nature of the job that he gives them little credence. Jol, who almost took the the Cottagers job last summer, admits his two-year contract provides him with little comfort as a poor start in the job could easily put him on the managerial scrapheap.

He said: "I'm ambitious, but not over-ambitious. If I had asked for a three-year contract here, they would have given it.

"I signed two years with an option for another year, but it doesn't really mean anything. They can get rid of me after a couple of months if they want.

"When I was at Ajax they offered me a 10-year contract, but I still left after 18 months."

Jol admits good-natured talks last summer, from which the parties failed to come to an agreement before Fulham turned to Hughes, played a pivotal part in his appointment this time around.

"Football is about relationships," he said. "Fulham were good to me last year when I could have joined, and they were good to me again this year.

"I don't know the reasons Mark Hughes left. I thought he would stay here for a couple of years to be honest, because he was doing a good job.

"Instead, I was thinking of other challenges and other clubs. But when the chief executive Alistair Mackintosh called me, I came the next day."

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