Fulham boss Martin Jol admires Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson and almost became his assistant in 2003/04. Ferguson revealed last year he approached Jol about becoming his assistant while the Dutchman was in charge at RKC Waalwijk.

"At that time I met him only to have a conversation with him about everything," the Cottagers boss said.

"[The chance to become his assistant] was what he said afterwards. We talked football - they played Real Madrid with the 'big' Ronaldo - so it was nice.

"Later he said about the assistant manager post, but I remember his assistant Carlos Queiroz went to Spain to Real Madrid.

"He was sacked so there was always a possibility for him to take him back and that is what he did.

"I think that was good because I don't think I am the best assistant in the world.

"I have a good relationship with [Ferguson]. If you look at the stats, he is probably the best manager ever."

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