Jol - PL takes priority

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Martin Jol has admitted he will treat the Europa League as part of Fulham's pre-season preparations.

Fulham boss will not bring players back early for Europa campaign

Martin Jol has admitted he will treat the Europa League as part of Fulham's pre-season preparations for the Premier League campaign. The 55-year-old former Tottenham boss was appointed as Mark Hughes' successor at Craven Cottage after the Welshman resigned at the end of the season. Jol had spells coaching in Germany and his native Holland at Ajax, who blocked his potential move to Fulham last summer after being dismissed from White Hart Lane following three years at the helm in 2007. The Cottagers will have an early start to the season having qualified for the Europa League, a tournament they reached the final of in 2010 under Roy Hodgson, via their Fair Play placing. But Jol admits he is more concerned with their domestic standing and will not be bringing his squad back early to prepare for continental competition. "This is only the second or third time Fulham have been in Europe," said the former Hamburg boss.

Bad idea

"I could have said, 'let's start (training) early in June', but I thought it was a bad idea. You could consider it a friendly game with a serious touch. "We will get the information we need and do the preparation for the game. "However, it is not a good combination the Europa League and Premier League, so we focus on the Premier League. "It is Premier League safety first, then you want to try to do well in the cups, because it has been a long time since Fulham played in a final. "Hopefully we can do something there and also finish as high as possible in the league, to build a young team for the future. "We were eighth last season and hopefully we can get into the top 10 because four points could be the difference between seventh and 11th. With English players as a good base, hopefully we can do well."

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