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Jol relishing Fulham challenge

London: New Fulham manager Martin Jol said on Tuesday he was relishing his return to the top flight of English football.

The 55-year-old Jol, who has been without a club since leaving Ajax last year, spent three years in charge of Tottenham between 2004 and 2007.

"Everybody knew I would like to come back. I said that when I left, like Arnold Schwarzenegger I will be back, and I am back," said, Jol who was on Tuesday unveiled as Mark Hughes` successor at Craven Cottage.

The Dutchman also revealed one of the main attractions in taking the Cottagers job 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`s first game in charge will be against NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the Europa League on June 30, with the away leg following a week later. Fulham got into the tournament due to their fair play record.

"This is only the second or third time Fulham have been in Europe," he said.

"So 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."

Jol also said he had no frustrations about missing out on a move to Craven Cottage last summer, as Ajax refused to release him.

"Don`t forget there was another problem last year as Ajax had to play in the Champions League qualifiers and there was no (release) clause and it was really difficult, but I think this was okay.”

"We talked again a couple of weeks ago after Mark Hughes left and I had the same feeling and I made a decision to go back and talk to them and I decided to take the job."

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