An exclusive has been claimed on Martin Jol allegedly being approached to manage Newcastle United.

The former Ajax and Fulham boss was appointed exactly 50 days ago on an 18 month contract to manage Egyptian club Al Ahly.

However, his agent Mohamed El-Habashy has claimed that Newcastle have asked about Jol’s availability if United are relegated and Rafa Benitez leaves.

Whilst Martin Jol has been linked a number of times with Newcastle in the past, it would be a major surprise if there was interest now, with the Dutch manager being out of the management game for almost two and a half years after Fulham sacked him, before this step down into Egyptian football.

Though there again nobody could have predicted Alan Pardew’s appointment, or Joe Kinnear, or John Carver…

Mohamed El-Habashy was talking to Egyptian media organisation KingFut, who have ran this ‘exclusive’, reporting the agent as saying:

“Martin Jol has actually been mentioned to become Newcastle’s manager next season by the club (Newcastle United).

“However Martin Jol’s desire is to continue with Al Ahly till the end of his contract. Jol wants to achieve glory with the club.”