Jol on thin ice

first_imgManager Martin Jol is sure Fulham will recover from their latest defeat – but he has no idea whether he will be in charge for the club’s next game against Tottenham. The pressure is mounting on Jol after his team were condemned to their fifth straight league defeat against West Ham on Saturday. The Hammers showed no mercy at Upton Park as Mohamed Diame, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole all found the net on a miserable afternoon for the west London club. Press Association Adel Taarabt was the only Fulham player who came out of the derby with any credit, and the away fans made their discontent clear by shouting “Jol out” and “you’re getting sacked in the morning” in the second half. On Sunday morning there was no news about Jol’s future. When asked after the West Ham game whether he would be in charge for Wednesday’s game against Spurs, Jol seemed far from certain: “I don’t know. You don’t have to ask me. “I don’t know [what this means for me]. We’re in a difficult situation, but of course, there’s always one thing, you have to work hard in training and get your confidence back. It’s not easy.” Fulham fans further undermined their manager by chanting the name of his right-hand man Rene Meulensteen, who is being tipped to replace Jol if he goes. Whoever is in charge come Wednesday night, they need to address serious failings within the Fulham squad. The team looked tired at West Ham and devoid of any attacking threat. Fulham are three points from safety and they have to face Everton and Manchester City before Christmas. Jol insists there were positives to be taken from Saturday’s London derby, and the Dutchman believes the club still have a chance of avoiding the drop. “There are three clubs that go down and there have only been 13 matches so far,” he said. “You have to be strong, be tough mentally and get the points. We always regroup because they are good lads. “We didn’t have Berbatov today because he was ill. I dropped Bryan Ruiz because we wanted to up the tempo and I feel that Adel Taarabt did that. It almost paid off but it didn’t. “We had a few good breaks and the first half was okay. We switched off in the second half, they scored through a deflection so that killed us.” Jol will hope that Berbatov and back injury victim Brede Hangeland will be back for the game against Spurs. While Jol’s future is uncertain, his opposite number Sam Allardyce can afford to relax a bit following his team’s first home win since the opening day of the season. Diame hopes the win will prove to be a springboard for West Ham, who were booed off last week following a 3-0 derby defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park. “When you’ve lost at home, like here against Chelsea 3-0 and you go straight back to win 3-0, always you have the confidence to play the next game,” Diame told West Ham TV. “We have just three days until we play against Crystal Palace and we need to make sure we take the three points there. “I hope it can [kick-start the season]. We need to improve and keep working like this until the end of the season. Fulham and Crystal Palace are both towards the bottom like us, so we need to take the three points on Tuesday too.” last_img