Fulham manager Martin Jol admires Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson - but is relieved he did not take up the post as his assistant.

The Dutchman takes his side to Old Trafford on Monday but, if things had panned out differently during the 2003/2004 season, he could have been sat on the opposite bench. 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 Fulham boss said. "[The chance to become his assistant] was what he said afterwards."

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