Martin Jol is now ‘a leading candidate’ to succeed Roy Hodgson in the Fulham hotseat after Ottmar Hitzfeld and Bob Bradley were revealed to be out of the running.
Fulham are hopeful of appointing their new manager by Monday with a shortlist in front of chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed, according to Soccernet, who quote a club source as saying: “The rumour is that Martin Jol is now very much in the frame. A decision is expected by Friday and the rumour is that Mohammed Al Fayed has yet to make up his mind. The other rumour is that the budget for the manager is £1 million-a-year, which has put the cat amongst the pigeons. If that is the case, than it might be something to tempt a manager like Martin Jol back into English football.”
Sven Goran Eriksson, Mark Hughes and Carlos Queiroz are understood to feature on the Fulham shortlist alongside Jol although club insiders have dismissed the idea of the latter being appointed. Al-Fayed is believed to be wary of Eriksson’s salary demands following his disappointing spell in charge of Notts County and is keen to offer former Tottenham boss Jol a return to the Premier League.