Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blues Job Is a Privilege - Jol

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blues Job Is a Privilege - Jol

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FULHAM manager Martin Jol does not feel much sympathy for counterpart Roberto di Matteo as he knew what he was getting into when he took the "privileged" role of Chelsea manager.

The Blues sacked the Italian just hours after their Champions League defeat to Juventus and swiftly replaced him with Rafael Benitez.

It was a move that surprised many within football and has led to a ground swell of sympathy for Di Matteo.

However, there was a different reaction at west London rivals Fulham, whose manager Jol believes the former midfielder knew the risks when he took the job. "I feel it's hard, especially if the period is that short, but I think in a couple of months he will look back and be a happy man," he said.

"Roberto was at Chelsea, he won the Champions League, he won the FA Cup so he was very privileged that he was there. …

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