The United chief pitted his wits against the Dutchman on Wednesday night at Craven Cottage but, if things had panned out differently during the 2003/2004 season, Jol could easily have been on the Reds' bench instead.
"I spoke to him about joining us as assistant manager. Whilst I was talking with him, I had a phone-call from Carlos and realised he wasn't happy at Real Madrid so I made moves to bring him back at the end of that season.
"It was unfortunate for Martin but it never stopped his career progressing. He did very well as a coach in Holland and then came to Tottenham. I think he's a terrific manager and his record is good. He's had great experience gathered at Hamburg and Ajax."