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Jol: No regrets over Devils interview.

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

Ferguson revealed in his autobiography, which was released yesterday, that he wanted to make Jol his assistant at the Red Devils 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 writes in 'My Autobiography'.

Jol (pictured left) went cold on the idea of becoming Ferguson's number two, and the Scot ended up taking Queiroz back on soon after anyway after he was sacked from his position at the Bernabeu.

"I never wanted to (take the job)," the Fulham manager told a press conference. "I don't think I am someone who can work as an assistant. "If you look at the coaches who were with him - it was not easy for them to (become a number one). Queiroz was probably the exception to the rule. The rest stayed as an assistant."

Jol joked that he has never forgiven the now-retired United boss for not covering his expenses. "It was always nice to talk to him because he is a good man," Jol added.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2013
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