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Martin Jol insists he was the mastermind behind Rene Meulensteen's appointment as Fulham's new head coach.
Meulensteen's arrival after the 4-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool two weeks ago was thought to have increased the pressure on Jol with the former Anzhi Makhachkala boss viewed as the club's manager in waiting.
– Fulham manager Martin Jol
I'm really pleased he's here. I thought he was making a choice to go elsewhere - first to Germany and then Qatar.
It was maybe by coincidence that I texted him again and he said that he'd come back to England.
We needed something, more rhythm. We weren't playing with rhythm and we needed more energy.
I thought we needed something and he's the right guy. But now we need the results. There's a new spirit and a good spirit."
Alan Curbishley believes Martin Jol's new coaching partnership with Rene Meulensteen at Fulham can prove to be a success.
Curbishley told Press Association Sport: "I think Martin will have had a big say in this. Apparently they are friends.
"I think Meulensteen had other options but I think he saw that Fulham, who are an established Premier League side after 13 years, can turn this around to stay in the Premier League.
"Yes, I think it can work, as long as they converse and make sure they are singing from the same hymn sheet.
"You can't contradict each other. Not just in front of the press but in front of the players and in front of the owner, you have to have a united front.