Cancelled press interviews intimate Jol may be on last Fulham legs

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Rumours of press interviews being cancelled at Fulham have done little to extinguish speculation over the future of Martin Jol and the Fulham boss is now odds-on to be the next Premier League manager to leave.

Fulham’s results took a massive nosedive towards the end of the last campaign, as one point from a possible 21 sent them spiralling down the standings, until an away win at an uninterested Swansea on the final day was a rare positive highlight.

There was speculation that he may depart and be replaced by Gus Poyet over the summer, but Jol remained.

However, this season hasn’t started much better than the last ended, with four defeats in their opening six league encounters, which includes one point from a possible nine at Craven Cottage.

They also had the last two at home as good as won, conceding late goals in each to throw away four points.

The next two fixtures could prove exceedingly critical later in the campaign, as they entertain Stoke, before travelling to Crystal Palace.

Jol remains convinced that Fulham will not be relegated under his guidance, but whether he has the opportunity to prove this remains to be seen, as he is now 4/6 to be the next Premier League manager to lose their job.

The good news for Jol is that he does seem to have retained the backing of the players, but the booing heard around Craven Cottage after the Cardiff defeat indicates he does not have the full backing of the supporters.

Meanwhile, Jol’s body language after Jordon Mutch’s late winner did have an air about it that he was resigned to his fate, while his decision to employ a new formation for the fixture suggested he was looking for any sort of lifeline to reap rewards.

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Craig Kemp

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