HAMMERS LEAVE MARTIN SMARTIN' BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE: FULHAM BOSS LOSES FIFTH ON BOUNCE; Jol's doomed but survival pressure lifts from Big Sam.
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JOL is finally set to lose his Fulham job.
A fifth consecutive Premier League defeat, at West Ham, has ended Jol's hopes of staying on as manager.
Fulham will now have to decide whether to sack Jol and pay the Dutchman off or convince him to walk away by mutual agreement. Either way, it is just a matter of time.
Sources inside Craven Cottage believe Jol has given up the fight to keep his job and has convinced himself he is doomed.
Head coach Rene Meulensteen is the favourite to take the reins from Jol for Fulham, who face Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Jol watched his side beaten by goals from Mohamed Diame, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole, and fail to register a single shot on target against West Ham.
After the game, the 57-year-old Dutchman admitted he is no longer in control of his own destiny.
Asked whether he believed he would still be manager for the Spurs game, Jol replied: "It is not in my hands.
"If I have to worry, I was worried a couple of months ago. It is not one day to another, it is for the last two months.
"The last couple of months, I think, sometimes we are not strong enough. This is my worst run."
Jol, however, defended his record as Fulham manager and claimed he has not considered resigning.
"I am not tempted to walk away because I have hundreds of games under my belt as a manager and I know that three points can put a totally different perspective on things," said Jol.
"I think it has worked for me at Fulham because we have had more than 100 points over the past two years. Probably more than any other team in the bottom half of the table.
"Five Premier League defeats in a row is why we are in the bottom three. If West Ham had not won, they would be in a similar situation."
Jol was without Dimitar Berbatov against West Ham, having taken the captaincy off the striker last week.
But he denied any fall-out, saying: "Dimitar did not feel well, so we decided not to take him. I dropped Bryan Ruiz because I thought we needed to play with a better tempo. I think my players are still fighting for me.
"When we had disappointing results in the last couple of weeks, we managed to pick them up and they gave 100 per cent for the next game. "I thought we had good spirit again, but the first goal was a hammer blow. West Ham got through and we lacked the mental and physical toughness."
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce (left) admitted the result lifted some of the pressure on him, but warned his players they must beat Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
"We have relieved the pressure a bit, but a bad result on Tuesday night would put the pressure right back on us," said Allardyce.
"I've challenged the players to win back-to-back games, which we haven't done since we got back in the Premier League. We've avoided losing three games on the trot yet again and now we need another positive."
Allardyce offered support to Jol by adding: "Of course, you feel for him. It is a lonely old job when you are trying to find the right solution.
"You take all the heat and you have got to take the heat because, when things are going badly, it is your responsibility and there are no excuses in the end."
A DUTCH OF DESPAIR Martin Jol can only watch as his team suffer another abysmal defeat to the Hammers
GOAL KING COLES Scorers Carlton and Joe celebrate with team-mates after win helped lift them up the table
CARLTON CLUB: Hammers' sub scores 55 seconds after coming on
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2013|
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