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Martin Jol happy he rejected Manchester United

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Fulham manager Martin Jol is glad he turned down the chance to be Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United.

The former Manchester United manager claimed in his autobiography that he attempted to bring Jol in as his assistant manager when Carlos Queiroz left for Real Madrid in 2004.

Jol, who was managing Dutch side RKC Waalwijk at the time, went for an interview at Old Trafford and sufficiently impressed Ferguson.

However, Jol never took up the position at Old Trafford citing the reason that he couldn't see himself as an assistant.

Looking back on how a number of Ferguson's assistants have subsequently struggled in management since, Jol is happy he turned the chance down.

He is quoted as saying on Sky Sports: "I never wanted to [take the job].

"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.

As previously reported on GiveMeSport, Jol also confirmed that he is still waiting to be paid back for the travel expenses of that journey but isn't expecting it any time soon.

He continued: "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!"

Jol went on to a successful spell at Tottenham and is currently managing Premier League outfit Fulham.

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