Fulham boss Jol rubbishes sack rumours ahead of Liverpool game

Fulham manager Martin Jol has rubbished rumours that he is set to lose his job, despite being the bookies favourite to be the next manager in the Premier League to get sacked, the Guardian has reported.

The Dutchman and his team were booed off by the Craven Cottage faithful following their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United last week. The criticism comes despite the London side recording back to back victories over Stoke and Crystal Palace in October. However, depending on other results, a defeat to Liverpool could see them drop into the relegation zone, but Jol has no concerns that his side will be fine this season.

He said: “People asked me how I felt when we conceded three goals in the first half [against United] and I was more cynical, with a sense of humour, and said I was very lonely. No, I am quite happy here but in that 15 minutes I felt lonely.

You always feel better after wins than after defeats, especially when you are a bit proud and I think all the managers at that level are proud. That is why they are so ambitious and they work hard, because of their pride. I have to cope with it, I can understand.

I’m positive, not because I’m a positive character but I remain positive because we are good enough to get results against the teams who are probably as good as us and maybe a little bit better and a little bit worse. There will always be four or five teams not as good as we are and that is what I really believe. That is why I am positive.

He added: “I don’t think you are under pressure against Liverpool or Man United. You are under pressure in your home games against the teams who should lose points against us. Before Crystal Palace, we really felt some pressure, not because of me but because of the result.

Jol also revealed that defender Sascha Reither was also punished internally by the club for his stamp on Adnan Januzaj in the defeat to Manchester United last week. Riether has been handed a three-match ban by the FA for the incident.

The ex-Spurs boss also talked about the injury situation within his squad, revealing that Hugo Rodallega will miss five to six weeks with his groin injury, but centre-back Brede Hangeland is in line for a return against Liverpool this weekend.

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