Fulham reject speculation of Jol exit

Fulham have insisted that Martin Jol will remain as manager at Craven Cottage despite a poor run of results in late season that has seen the Cottagers slip down the Premier League table, and speculation the Dutchman is unhappy with the financial constraints in place at the London club, according to the Guardian.

Gus Poyet, the Brighton and Hove Albion manager, was heavily backed in the betting markets as the next Fulham boss in recent days but the Guardian claim Fulham have no intention of removing Jol from his position, having agreed a one-year extension with the ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager in October.

But the newspaper adds that Fulham are facing an uncertain future regardless as Jol wants to revamp his squad for next season but the club may not be willing or able to make the necessary funds available. Fulham have a 23-man squad but as many as 10 of them could leave this summer when their contracts expire.

Jol replaced Mark Hughes as Fulham manager in 2011 after the Welshman resigned, questioning the club’s ambition and expressing frustration at the tight budget with which he had to work in the transfer market. Jol appears to be in a similar situation, having relied heavily on loan signings and free transfers, despite recording a surplus of £13m in transfer dealings during his time at the club.

Dimitar Berbatov is Jol’s headline signing and the Bulgarian scored 14 goals in his first season at Fulham, having left Manchester United in August last year, with Berbatov’s goals helping Fulham to safety in the top flight. However, Fulham have not won in the league since April 1, losing six of their last seven and drawing the other game.

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