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Khan promises Fulham funds

New owner says he's ready to provide resources

By | 15th July 2013
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New Fullham owner Shahid Khan has told current manager Martin Jol that he will fund whatever plans he has for his current squad, as long as he delivers results for the English side, according to The Daily Express.

Khan, who bought the club from Mohammed Al Fayed last week in a £150 million deal, is looking for a top ten finish and thinks that he has a great club.

“I want to give them all the resources that they need and then hold them accountable,” said Khan to The Daily Express.

“We have a great team here in leadership of the football operation, and they have a plan. I’ve only been here a day, so I would like to understand that.”

So far this transfer window, the Dutch Jol has only spent £2 million, but could look to bring in as many as four more players this summer in order to compete for a top ten spot in the Premier League.  Khan will head to Costa Rica – where the Cottagers are currently preparing for the new season – sometime this week to discuss transfer plans and potential targets with Jol.

Khan, who purchased the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars last November, has pledged to keep the club at Craven Cottage and to continue on with current boss Martin Jol, who led his side to a 12th place finish in the league last season.  Khan may also look to rename the stadium after Al Fayed for his 16-year successful tenure.

Khan also reportedly spoke to experienced Premier League executives, including Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke and Manchester United’s owners Malcolm and Avram Glazer, in order to understand how to run a successful football club, and make sure not to make the same mistakes as some other foreign managers.

“I have learned lessons in America about how you go about things, and what I know is that you find the best people, empower them, give them the resources and hold them accountable. Maybe a top-10 finish is attainable,” he said according to The Daily Expresss report.

“My aim is to stabilize, sustain, and have the club move forward.”

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