Fulham boss Jol refuses to be drawn on exit speculation

Fulham manager Martin Jol has played down speculation that he is set to lose his job after nearly two and-a-half years in charge of the West London club, Sky Sports has reported.

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat away to fellow strugglers West Ham United at Upton Park was Fulham’s fifth successive Premier League defeat, and their sixth in all competitions. The Cottagers have only managed one shot on target in their last three top-flight away matches, and with the club sitting in the bottom three, a growing number of supporters are calling for Jol’s dismissal.

In his previous two seasons, the Dutchman has led Fulham to two mid-table finishes, achieving the club’s highest ever Premier League points tally in 2011-12. However, their start to the current campaign, culminating in Saturday’s defeat, has put Jol’s position under severe doubt.

After the game, he said: “That is of course out of my hands. I’m a fighter, and hopefully that will rub off on the players. There’s more managers than me under pressure, but we all need the points. West Ham had a problem today, and they’ll be out of that situation now.

“Of course confidence is low, especially if you concede a goal like the first. It’s a hammer blow, but you still have to be strong, fight and be mentally tough. Even before today we had a great spirit. We have to try to be strong, and we should have been stronger today.”

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