Jol ready to strengthen
Martin Jol has set his sights on 'four or five' signings this summer after returning to English football.
Last Updated: 21/06/11 6:11pm
New Fulham manager Martin Jol has set his sights on 'four or five' signings this summer after returning to English football.
The former Tottenham boss was officially presented to the media for the first time on Tuesday after being appointed as Mark Hughes' successor earlier this month.
He has had spells in Germany and Holland since leaving White Hart Lane in 2007 but is now delighted to be working in the Premier League once again.
Jol said: "Everybody knew I would like to come back. I said that when I left, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, I will be back."
The Dutchman also revealed one of the main attractions in taking the job at Craven Cottage was that he would be in charge of a club with a proud tradition.
"I think Fulham is a traditional club, like Spurs, West Ham and all the London clubs. They gave me a good feeling and when we played here (with Spurs) we had a couple of good results, and I like the colours, black and white as well.
"I could go on but Fulham are happy, I am happy, so hopefully we can keep it that way."
Jol insists he is satisfied with the squad he has inherited from Hughes but recognises he will need to strengthen to compensate for the departures of several players.
"We have a good squad with good experienced players and a couple of young exciting players," he enthused.
"There are four or five players leaving the club so it is probably a similar amount that we need, four or five."
No Murphy problem
Jol, who refused to discuss specific transfer targets, played down concerns that there could be a problem with captain Danny Murphy.
Spurs sold Murphy to Fulham when Jol was at the helm but the manager is adamant that the pair have a good relationship.
"We kept in touch after that," said Jol. "He is a realistic guy and I had probably the best No.4 in the country in Michael Carrick and Tom Huddlestone coming up as a good young player.
"He made the decision also to go to Fulham."
Jol also declared that he hopes to have a long reign at Fulham, whilst stressing that he does not hold a grudge towards Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
"I would like to stay here for four or five years. Hopefully that is realistic," said Jol.
"I was at Spurs three-and-a-half years. That was probably a record, so no hard feelings."