Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jol's No Regrets over Saying No to Old Trafford Position

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jol's No Regrets over Saying No to Old Trafford Position

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MARTIN Jol does not regret his decision to reject United - and has revealed that he had to pay for his own flight to his interview with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson revealed in his autobiography that he wanted to make Jol his assistant at United when Carlos Queiroz left to take over at Real Madrid in the 2003-04 season.

Jol caught a flight from Holland to Manchester to be interviewed by Ferguson, and the Scot was impressed with what the Dutchman, who was then managing RKC Waalwijk, had to say.

"Martin had been impressive and I was inclined to give him the job," Ferguson wrote.

Jol went cold on the idea of becoming Ferguson's No.2 and the Scot ended up taking Queiroz back on soon after anyway after he was sacked at the Bernabeu.

"I never wanted to (take the job)," the Fulham manager said. "I don't think I am someone who can work as an assistant. …

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