Monday Kickoff: Fulham to hire Jol, Liverpool lands Cole and more

Monday Kickoff: Fulham to hire Jol, Liverpool lands Cole and more

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Monday Kickoff: Fulham to hire Jol, Liverpool lands Cole and more

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Martin Jol (Reuters)

The lengthy search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson appears to have concluded with Fulham preparing to announce the hiring Dutch manager Martin Jol.

The former Ajax and Tottenham manager beat out several candidates, including U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley, for the Cottagers job and is expected to be introduced today.

Fulham will try to build on a season that saw the Cottagers reach the Europa League Final, with the Daily Telegraph suggesting that Fulham ownership will provide Jol with a considerable transfer budget to land reinforcements. Just what that will mean for the futures of U.S. internationals Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson remains to be seen.

Here are some other stories to get your Monday going:

LIVERPOOL LANDS COLE

England midfielder Joe Cole had his pick of destinations after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer, but rather than join a Champions League side, Cole is joining Roy Hodgson's rebuilding project at Liverpool.

Cole joins the Reds after Liverpool lost midfielder Yossi Benayoun to Chelsea earlier this summer. His arrival could help Liverpool hold on to stars Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, who are both candidates to leave Anfield if the club doesn't show it can maintain a strong team.

Liverpool still may lose Javier Mascherano, who is looking like the player most likely to re-unite with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and Inter Milan.

ARENA TO NAME MLS ALL-STAR RESERVES

Los Angeles manager Bruce Arena will announce the reserves for the MLS All-Star Game today at 1pm. His reserve selections, as well as MLS Commissioner Don Garber's selection will be unveiled on Monday afternoon.

The MLS All-Stars face Manchester United in Houston on July 28th.

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What do you think of these stories? Think Jol is a good choice for Fulham? Surprised to see Cole join Liverpool? Who are you hoping is named to today's MLS All-Star Reserves?

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