Shahid Khan, Chairman of Fulham Football Club, has announced that Rene Meulensteen will run First Team duties, effective immediately, taking over from Martin Jol.
“I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming Chairman earlier this year,” Khan said. “Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There's no question Martin is an excellent football man and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our Club.
“However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary.”
Jol expressed appreciation on Sunday for his time at Motspur Park and Craven Cottage since arriving at Fulham in 2011.
“It was a privilege to manage Fulham, one of the great clubs in the Premier League or anywhere in the world,” Jol said. “I'm disappointed in this season but know there are better days ahead for Fulham and its supporters. I will always treasure my experience here and want to thank Mr Khan and everyone at Fulham for the opportunity.”
Meulensteen was appointed as Head Coach of Fulham on 13th November after working at Manchester United, where he worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford between 2007 and last summer.
“Rene was brought to Fulham to assist Martin and today was offered the challenge and opportunity to step in for Martin,” Khan said. “I thank Rene for accepting and now we move forward. I have great confidence in Rene and high expectations for our squad to respond.”
Meulensteen said: “I appreciate the faith Mr Khan has put in me and will do my very best to honour his trust. We aim to get Fulham back on track, starting Wednesday night.”