Fulham’s new owner Shahid Khan has pledged to back manager Martin Jol but wants results.
Motorparts tycoon Khan has bought the club from Mohamed Al Fayed in a £150 million deal.
The Pakistan-born American, who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team in the USA, has pledged to keep Fulham at Craven Cottage and to support Jol, whose side finished 12th in the Premier League last season.
Khan will fly to the team’s pre-season training base in Costa Rica for talks with Jol on transfer budgets and targets this week . Khan, 62, said: “I want to give them all the resources that they need and then hold them accountable.
“We have a great team here in leadership of the football operation, and they have a plan. I’ve only been here a day, so I would like to understand that.
“What we do on players is going to depend on Martin. I am not a micro manager.
“I have learned lessons in America about how you go about things, and what I know is that you find the best people, empower them, give them the resources and hold them accountable. Maybe a top-10 finish is attainable.”
Jol has so far spent £2m on new players this summer and he wants to make at least four more signings in order to beef up his squad
Khan has talked to Arsenal’s American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and Manchester United’s owners Malcolm and Avram Glazer – and is determined not to repeat the mistakes of some foreign owners .
He said: “There is plenty you can learn from history. “
Khan has promised that Craven Cottage will remain Fulham’s home and pledged to continue with Al Fayed’s development plans .
“This place is very precious and has to be sustained and developed,” he said. “It is very important that we have more seating. You have to have commercial income so you can spend on players.”
Khan is considering renaming the Riverside Stand after Al Fayed, in honour of his successful 16-year tenure.
He said: “Mohamed Al Fayed took Fulham from the second tier to where they are today.
“My aim is to stabilise, sustain, and have the club move forward.”