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Curbishley believes in Cottage double act

Last Updated: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:47

Alan Curbishley believes Martin Jol's new coaching partnership with Rene Meulensteen at Fulham can prove to be a success.

The London club last week brought in Meulensteen, a former member of Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff at Manchester United, to work alongside manager Jol as head coach.

Jol is under pressure after a disappointing start to the season, with the Cottagers in the bottom three of the Premier League after 11 games.

Arguably the high-profile appointment of Meulensteen - who could be seen as a manager-in-waiting having briefly taken charge of Anzhi Makhachkala earlier this season and been linked with the Crystal Palace vacancy - has increased the spotlight on Jol.

But former Charlton and West Ham boss Curbishley feels the two Dutchmen could prove an effective double act at Craven Cottage.

Curbishley has good experience of close arrangements having spent four of his 15 years in charge at Charlton working in tandem, as joint-manager, with Steve Gritt.

Curbishley told Press Association Sport: "I think Martin will have had a big say in this. Apparently they are friends.

"I think Meulensteen had other options but I think he saw that Fulham, who are an established Premier League side after 13 years, can turn this around to stay in the Premier League.

"Yes, I think it can work, as long as they converse and make sure they are singing from the same hymn sheet.

"You can't contradict each other. Not just in front of the press but in front of the players and in front of the owner, you have to have a united front.

"That is what Stevie and I did, even if we didn't agree with one another. That is vastly important.

"When you are out on the training ground, there is only one voice at a time.

"We took it in turns to take training, we took it in turns to give the press conferences.

"We made sure if we were going to have a confrontation about things we did it in the privacy of our office."

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