Fulham have confirmed the sacking of manager Martin Jol in the wake of the defeat against West Ham United yesterday, as Jol’s men went down to a 3-0 hammering at Upton Park, as the pressure piled on Jol.
Fulham currently lie in 18th position in the Premier League table after Saturday’s defeat, and have lost their last six Premier League games, a run which ultimately coast the stubbern Dutchman his job.
Jol’s sacking doesn’t come as a surprise to many, after some dismal performances over the last few weeks, which has left the Craven Cottege faithful calling for the former Tottenham manager’s head.
Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement on the club’s website: “Today I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming chairman earlier this year.
“Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There is no question Martin is an excellent football man and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our club. However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary.”
Fulham’s terrible run had included defeats against Southampton, Swansea, Manchester United,Liverpool and West Ham, aswell as a defeat in the League Cup against Championship high flyers Leicester City, as Jol seemed a dead man walking for a good few weeks now.
Jol, who has brought in several top players over the last couple of years, had found it tough this year, even with the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, winger Adel Taarabt, midfielder Scott Parker, and experienced Holland keeper Maaten Stekelenburg, the Cottagers were still trapped in a basement battle of avoiding relegation.
Khan stated on the club’s official website.
René Meulensteen was brought to Fulham to assist Martin and today was offered the challenge and opportunity to step in for Martin,” Khan said. “I thank Rene for accepting and now we move forward. I have great confidence in Rene and high expectations for our squad to respond.”
Meulensteen, the former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to get going at the Cottage, as the 49 year old start’s his reign in a home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.
Jol, who was at the club for two and a half years stated…..
“It was a privilege to manage Fulham, one of the great clubs in the Premier League or anywhere in the world,” Jol said. “I am disappointed in this season but know there are better days ahead for Fulham and its supporters. I will always treasure my experience here and want to thank Mr Khan and everyone at Fulham for the opportunity.
By Ben Reardon