The trio still have a year to run on their Fulham contracts and were placed on gardening leave when Mark Hughes resigned abruptly last month. After Hughes failed to land a new job, Bowen, Niedwiecki and Hitchcock are unsure of their future role at Fulham – and they are to thought to be handed non-first team coaching positions. Jol told his first press conference as the club’s new manager that the backroom staff’s situation was in the hands of chief executive Alistair Mackintosh.
Jol has already moved to bring in his own coaching team. He has been joined at Fulham by his brother Cock and his trusted lieutenant Michael Lindeman, whilst Hans Segers has recently arrived as first-team goalkeeping coach. Ray Lewington, who was demoted to Academy duties after Hughes replaced Roy Hodgson, has been restored to his former role.