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Sunday 01 December 2013

Jol replaced by Meulensteen at Fulham

Manager leaves Craven Cottage after poor form dropped side into relegation zone

Jol, left, will be replaced by Meulensteen for the Spurs match

Fulham have announced that manager Martin Jol has left the club after the 3-0 defeat by West Ham United.

Shahid Khan, the Fulham chairman, announced that recently appointed head coach Rene Meulensteen will now run first-team duties.

"Our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better"
Shahid Khan

“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,” 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.”

The defeat at the Boleyn Ground left Fulham in the relegation zone of the Barclays Premier League with 10 points from 13 matches.

“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.”

Meulensteen will take charge of the team for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday.

“I appreciate the faith Mr Khan has put in me and will do my very best to honour his trust,” Meulensteen said.  “We aim to get Fulham back on track, starting Wednesday night.”

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Key Points

  • Fulham announce that manager Martin Jol leaves the club
  • Chairman Shahid Khan says poor form was the reason for the decision
  • Head coach Rene Meulensteen will take over first-team duties