Fulham have insisted that Martin Jol will remain their manager after newspaper reports linked them with a summer swoop for Brighton and Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet.
Club sources told the Guardian that there is no chance of the Whites terminating Jol’s contract despite an alarming end-of-season dip in form that saw the side sucked towards the relegation zone. Fulham have already triggered the optional extra year in the Dutchman’s initial contract and are not considering sacking him.
Jol is due for further talks with chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed and chief executive Alistair Mackintosh in the next week to plot out their plans to carry out an extensive overhaul of the playing squad this summer. Ten first-team players are out of contract at the end of June and twelve members of the senior squad are aged over 30.
Jol points to the difficult circumstances that have dogged this campaign with Fulham selling both Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele just before the summer transfer window and having to rely on loans and free transfers to make and mend since. He was particularly frustrated to miss out on signing Tom Huddlestone in January and craves a creative midfielder to replace Dembele, who he transformed from a misfiring forward into an integral part of the Craven Cottage engine room.