Jol: It is out of my hands

Under-pressure Fulham boss Martin Jol refused to be moved on speculation surrounding his job after his side fell 3-0 to West Ham.

Last Updated: 01/12/13 at 08:38 Post Comment

Martin Jol: Under immense pressure at Fulham

Martin Jol: Under immense pressure at Fulham

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Heading into the match without a league win in four games and sitting 18th in the table, Jol would perhaps have looked at the crunch clash at Upton Park against a struggling West Ham side as a chance to relieve some pressure.

Not so however, as the home side looked comfortable for large periods of the game, rarely threatened by an insipid travelling side who will be thankful that the two sides above them - Sunderland and Crystal Palace - also lost.

As a result, Jol's already endangered post as Fulham manager will come under heavier criticism from the fans and neutrals alike, as the Cottagers were dropped deeper into the relegation mire.

Jol seemed unfazed however, telling Sky Sports: "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.

On the demoralising first goal - via a deflected Mohamed Diame effort just after the break - Jol said: "I didn't see it coming.

"I felt we dealt with their strategy well, but we couldn't exploit the situation and score.

"The first goal killed us off, then the last two goals came in the last minutes which sums it up.

"It was disappointing, but if you saw us in training we've done well.

"It was very unfortunate we couldn't exploit the situation."

Fulham are now without a league win in five, and are in danger of being cut off from the chasing pack as they are now three points off Cardiff, who are 17th.

Jol continued to be bullish in the face of criticism, however, issuing a rallying cry to his Fulham charges.

"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."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Premier League: Swansea late show stuns Southampton at St Mary's

Swansea City beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon thanks to a brilliant late strike by Jonjo Shelvey.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company