Tony Gale told Sky Sports News that Martin Jol could lead Fulham to a top-six finish next season.
The perfect man and perfect time for Fulham says Gale
Tony Gale told Sky Sports News
that new manager Martin Jol could lead Fulham to a top-six finish.
The Cottagers brokered terms on Monday evening and they have now announced that Jol has signed a two-year deal.
Jol was linked with the role last year when Mark Hughes was appointed, but he stayed with Ajax - who he subsequently left later in the season.
However, the former Tottenham boss has now agreed a return to English football and Gale believes it is a great choice.
"I think it is a good appointment and it has been done quickly which is the most important thing," said Tony Gale on Sky Sports News
"Now Fulham can really prepare and get a good pre-season under them and get going. If they had delayed for another month or so then everything would have got out of sync and Fulham might not have got off to the start that everyone is anticipating they can do after the way they finished the last season."
Gale has been disappointed with managers in the past who have used Fulham as a stepping stone.
He believes that Jol will be different and says that any manager should be honoured to join a club like Fulham.
"I don't think these managers should be feeling that Fulham are the luck people. Anyone who gets put in charge of Fulham has had the good fortune to be put in charge of a really good club.
"I hope Martin is different because he has been given an opportunity at a really good football club where everything is in place - certainly behind the scenes.
"It is a perfect football club, I think the Chief Executive Alistair Mackintosh, and the chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed, would have been at pains to stress exactly how the club is and that they want him for a few years," added Gale.
"Fulham need a little bit of stability now, if Martin Jol can stay on for three or four years then Fulham can kick on and I feel they can get close to those European places.
"A lot depends on keeping their better players fit. Last season they did not get off to a good start when Bobby Zamora and all their strikers were injured during certain stages of the season. If they add a couple of players to the squad then I think they could be an outside bet to finish in the top six."