Fulham have appointed former Tottenham manager Martin Jol as their new manager, following the departure of Mark Hughes.

Fulham announced on their website that Jol had signed a two-year deal with the club, with the option of extending his contract for a further season.

The Dutchman, 55, arrives at Craven Cottage after 18 months with Ajax, where he resigned in Dec 2010.

Jol spent three seasons with Tottenham, who he guided to fifth place and the brink of Champions League qualification two years in a row.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed has moved quickly to replace Hughes, who walked out of the club last week after a year in charge.

“I am very happy to join Fulham Football Club, a wonderful traditional club,” Jol said. “It is a club with good, solid foundations and a great fan base.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Fulham family and thank the chairman for the trust he’s shown in me.”