Not that you should believe what’s written in the papers, but the prevailing wisdom seems to be that former Tottenham coach Martin Jol will be unveiled as Fulham’s new manager shortly.
The Mirror, who had Hodgson’s departure before anyone else, were the first to stick their neck out, claiming that Jol had reached an agreement over his contract with Mohamed Al-Fayed after the two parties had seemingly been a long way apart over salary.
The Daily Mail’s splash has Jol set to take the reigns before Fulham fly to Sweden as their pre-season preparations gather pace next week. Simon Cass says that concerns over Ajax’s current financial position – the Dutch side are expected to lose several of their star players before the start of the new Eredivisie season – and a desire to return to England, where his family were happy during his time at White Hart Lane, prompted Jol to agree to coach Fulham.
Other media outlets are a little more circumspect. The Beeb believe Fulham will announce their new boss next week and still has Sven-Goran Eriksson very much in the frame. The Guardian simply reports that Jol has had talks with the club and, in a strange bit of non-sensationalism, Sky Sports say only that Jol ‘has reportedly emerged as a frontrunner’ for the vacant position at Craven Cottage.
We’ll just have to wait and see.