New Fulham chief confident of safety

Rene Meulensteen (Fulham)New Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen insists that he is shocked by Martin Jol’s sacking and that he believes that the club will avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Dutchman’s reign in West London was brought to an end yesterday afternoon following a terrible start to the season – which was capped by a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of West Ham on Saturday.

The result left the Cottagers in the bottom three with just 10 points from 13 games and the joint worst defensive record in the top tier – 24 goals conceded.

Meulensteen is a recent arrival at Craven Cottage, with the former Manchester United coach having been brought in a matter of weeks ago to assist Jol.

But with the former Tottenham chief having been axed, he has been thrust into the hot seat and is confident that he can help Fulham avoid the drop:

“We know that Martin has been released which is a shame because I didn’t see that coming,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“We know what position we are in. It’s a position that Fulham don’t want to be in, the staff don’t want to be in and the players don’t want to be in.

“But this is where we are at and if I am given a responsibility of making sure that I carry out the manager’s job for the foreseeable future then we have to do our utmost to get Fulham back up the table.

“It’s a massive challenge but at the end of the day when you are faced with a challenge like this it comes down to making sure that you get the basic things right.

“You make sure that you stay mentally strong and that the fans are getting behind the team – I think that is one of the most important things.

“That’s where they belong and that’s what we need to do and if investment is needed in whatever area it is then we need to live up to that because otherwise you might be paying a very high price.”

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