Martin Jol sacked at Fulham and replaced with René Meulensteen
Fulham have a new manager ahead of the festive schedule of fixtures after Jol was given his marching orders after a 3-0 defeat at Upton Park.
December 1st, 2013
The writing appeared to be on the wall after Saturday’s reverse which means the Cottagers remain in the bottom three of the Premier League and it seems fairly straightforward that René Meulensteen should take the reins considering he recently arrived at the west London club.
Shahid Khan only bought Fulham hive months ago although was faced with little choice but to make a change of manager at this early juncture, with head coach Meulensteen “running first-team duties” although it appears that the latter’s appointment will become a permanent one.
“Today I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming chairman earlier this year,” Khan said.
“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.”
“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.”
Meulensteen is hoping that he can persuade Khan to spend money in January in order to make sure that Fulham remain a Premier League team, with the current squad seemingly lacking the quality to stay in the division.
“Everyone needs to realise we must invest,” Meulensteen told BBC Sport.
“We need to make sure the players take responsibility, with work-rate and their discipline.”