René Meulensteen 2013-2014

René Meulensteen took charge of First Team duties from Martin Jol on 1st December 2013.

Dutchman Meulensteen had originally been appointed as Head Coach on 13th November 2013.

“I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming Chairman earlier this year,” Chairman Shahid Khan said. “Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There's no question Martin is an excellent football man and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our Club.

“However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary.”

Meulensteen arrived at the Cottage after a long stint at Manchester United, where he worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford between 2007 and 2013.

After retiring from playing in the lower leagues of his native Netherlands at the age of 29, he began coaching the youth teams at NEC Nijmegen. His next step saw him work with famed Dutch coach Will Coerver in Qatar, with Meulensteen coaching the national side at various youth levels. As his reputation continued to grow, he was offered the manager’s job at Al-Ittihad where he won the Arab Cup. He then took a similar role with Al-Sadd, with whom he won the Qatar version of the FA Cup.

He arrived at Manchester United in 2001 and was tasked with coaching the club’s youngsters, before stepping up to lead their reserves four years later. After a short spell as Brondby manager, he returned to Old Trafford in January 2007 as technical skills development officer. In September 2008, he was promoted to first-team coach.

Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the 2012/13 season, Meulensteen too left the club, heading to Craven Cottage following a brief stint in charge of Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

However, his time in SW6 would be brief when he departed the Club a few days after Fulham had appointed Felix Magath as First Team Manager on 14th February. Along with Meulensteen, Assistant Head Coach Ray Wilkins, Technical Director Alan Curbishley and First Team Coaches Mick Priest and Jonathan Hill also left Fulham.