Ajax manager has revealed how Ajax blocked his dream return to England with Fulham. Jol, 54, had been earmarked by the Cottagers as the man to replace new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson. Despite agreeing terms with chief executive Alistair Mackintosh, the Amsterdam giants refused to let go of their man and discuss compensation.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss admitted he had craved a return to London but this was blocked by the Ajax hierarchy.

"It was unbelievable [Fulham's interest]. I like Fulham, I like England, I like London," Jol said.

"I was probably a bit disappointed to say 'no' as the board wouldn't let me go under any circumstances."

Jol continued he had resigned himself to staying in the Netherlands as he didn't want to go to court to force through his switch.

"I was offered a good job, at a good club, with good players. I was willing to go there, but that's it, I'm under contract," he continued.

"We spoke about it, not only for five minutes but for hours and I have to say now, it's Thursday, it took a long time which is probably not good for this club as Ajax is a big club with one and a half million fans in Holland. Internationally, we want to do something and I had to tell them [Fulham] I had to stay.

"I don't want the problems of going to court because Ajax is too big to put in any misery."

Martin Jol