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Former Fulham striker Barry Hayles has urged Shahid Khan not to sack Martin Jol.

The Craven Cottage cult hero says that the club needs continuity, not change, after a difficult start to the season. Jol is under pressure following a poor start to the season, with just four points from their opening six games leaving them in the bottom three.

Some fans called for Jol to be axed after Saturday’s defeat against Cardiff City extended their dismal run without a Premier League win at Craven Cottage to six months.

But former Fulham favourite Hayles, who scored 57 goals in 214 games during a six-year stint in SW6, believes he needs more time. “They’ve had a horrendous start to the season, but it’s still early days,” said the 41-year-old. “The new players haven’t bedded in yet and need time to gel. Hopefully the new owner realises that and doesn’t give him the chop.

“It hasn’t been great, but I think it’s important there isn’t a knee-jerk reaction. They need some continuity. They let Martin bring in players in the summer, so he deserves time to try and turn things around.”

Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent have so far failed to strike up a red-hot partnership after being hampered by injury problems.

The pair have managed just one league goal between them, but Hayles reckons they will come good.

He added: “They are both top players. Berbatov likes dropping deep and Bent likes playing on the shoulder, so it should work. Once they start scoring regularly I’m sure Fulham will be fine.”