Ex-Fulham boss fails in bid to buy Michael Jackson statue

Former Fulham manager Martin Jol failed in his attempt to purchase the Michael Jackson statue which once stood outside Craven Cottage.

It was a rather bizarre addition to Craven Cottage when previous owner Mohamed Al-Fayed decided to place a Michael Jackson statue outside the ground.

What was even more bizarre was the fact that the statue barely even resembled the musician. It was a rather amateur attempt to replicate 'Jacko' and shortly after Shahid Khan took over the club from Al-Fayed he ordered the statue to be removed.

Fulham fans weren't sad to see him go, but it turns out the statue did at least have one admirer aside from Al-Fayed. Martin Jol was prepared to pay £20,000 for the statue of Michael Jackson but unfortunately for him talks broke down once he was dismissed as Fulham manager in December.

Jol apparently has quite an eclectic art collection and would have loved to have added the statue to his collection and would have placed it in his garden. As it is the statue will instead be loaned to the National Football Museum in Manchester and will be placed in the entrance of the Urbis building.

Although not a standard addition to the museum as it is not entirely related to the sport, it is sure to be an interesting viewing for customers who will be intrigued to see the statue which caused so much controversy during its time at Craven Cottage.

Fayed said "The National Football Museum is a splendid institution. The statue means a great deal to me and my family. But on reflection, I decided it should go to a place where it can be enjoyed by the greatest amount of people for ever. I think Michael would have approved of the choice. Like football itself, he entertained the world."


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