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Fulham boss Jol turned down opportunity to be SAF assistant

Fulham boss Martin Jol has no regrets over turning down the chance to become Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United in 2003. Jol was interviewed by Ferguson and the Scot was impressed with what he had to say, but he ended up taking Carlos Queiroz back on soon after when he was sacked at the Bernabeu.

"I never wanted to (take the job)," Jol said. "I don't think I am someone who can work as an assistant.

"If you look at the coaches who were with him - it was not easy for them to (become a number one). Queiroz was probably the exception to the rule.

"The rest stayed as an assistant. Rene Meulensteen is still struggling to be a number one somewhere now.

"It was always nice to talk to him (Sir Alex) because he is a good man. But don't forget that he is Scottish so I had to pay for my own ticket! He never gave me my money back!"

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