Jol: 'I have no fear' - Fulham Fans in fury, demand immediate disposal of under-fire manager
'Jol out!' As Fulham faced their third consecutive defeat last Saturday at Craven Cottage against Manchester United, Manager Martin Jol was scolded by the 'boo-boys', and told to leave Fulham.
Fulham fans, who have witnessed their club lose seven of their last nine Premier League encounters weren’t impressed with last week’s Manchester United match, but rather demotivated their own team, who started cheering when they realised Bryan Ruiz was coming off, and jeered as he left the pitch.
The Frivolous Fulham fans also ridiculed the Cottagers’ manager Martin Jol, repeatedly chanting “Jol out!” and harmoniously singing “You don’t know what you’re doing,” when he took of Scott Parker - however, the 57-year-old rejected claims of his departure from Fulham, stating he “Does not fear. Sometimes I worry if the supporters are at my back, but on the other hand it is better that they are on my back than the players’ back,”
And despite a woeful performance, Jol went on to defend Bryan Ruiz, who has been struggling to make his mark this season - Ruiz was like Jol, also subject to abuse by his so-called supporters, and was met with a meticulous mix of cheers and boos as he was subbed off during the 74th minute. Despite the ﬁasco, Jol said that the chiding received by Ruiz “was very disappointing,” and that it was “very, very frustrating for him and very disappointing for him. He wanted my supporters to stay behind his players,”
Jol, who revealed the player had been struggling for consistency, said that "Maybe they don't need me. They need Bryan Ruiz, believe me." He remained positive, and further added "Sometimes he is my best player and sometimes he gets caught on the ball. They have to get used to him and if they don't, we've got a problem because I need Bryan."
However, the Dutchman seemed promising, and insisted that "In the past they used to say 'have no fear, Martin is here,”
The big question now is whether the former international can live up to his old, glorious reputation, in advance for this weeks match at Anﬁeld - he mentioned that he is not worried about away matches against Liverpool and United, but rather focused on home matches, and has said he will be under renewed pressure by the fans and administrative board of the club.
Despite the debacle, Fulham owner Shahid Khan has not complained to the manager yet - but Jol, who is currently down in the dumps, said he is ready to receive critical remarks from the chairman any day - all that we can hope for, is that the manager gets his game together, and continues pushing onwards throughout the Premier League
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