Wednesday 13 November 2013
Fulham believe they have employed "one of the best coaches in the world" after naming Rene Meulensteen as their new head coach.
The 49-year-old has joined Fulham with immediate effect and will work alongside manager and fellow Dutchman Martin Jol at Cravel Cottage.
"We're all delighted to welcome Rene to Fulham," chief executive officer Alistair Mackintosh told the club's website. "There was always going to be a battle for Rene's services and, with the assistance of our Chairman Shahid Khan, we've been able to bring one of the best coaches in the world to Fulham."
"I was impressed by the vision of Shahid Khan and Alistair Mackintosh"
Meulensteen has a wealth of Barclays Premier League experience, having been at Manchester United for a total of 12 years over two spells. He coached the youth team and then the reserves in his first spell before moving to the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson when he rejoined the club in 2007.
He left Old Trafford this summer after Ferguson's retirement and spent a brief spell at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
"I was impressed by the vision of Shahid Khan and Alistair Mackintosh," Meulensteen said. "I've spent many hours talking with Martin Jol and we share a vision of how football should be played and how players should be developed. It's our job to make sure we can bring this vision to life on the pitch for the fans."