When Welshman Mark Hughes left the job of first team manager at Fulham after less than a year in charge, Fulham fans questioned who would replace him as the boss of Craven Cottage.

Ex-Tottenham manager Martin Jol was appointed on a two year deal and Fulham fans were immediately excited and could not wait to see what the Dutchman could bring to their club.

His first game in charge ended with a strong 3-0 win in a Europa league qualifier against Faroese side NSÍ Runavík.

Results were strong throughout his first season and he guided the Cottagers to a ninth place finish in just his first season in charge.

Last season, big things were expected of Fulham. A European place was expected and the squad were all earning international call-ups.

The season began even better than expected. New signing Mladen Petric netted twice on his debut as Jol’s boys ran off with a 5-0 victory against Norwich on the first game of the season.

A narrow 3-2 loss at eventual champions Manchester United gave more signs this Fulham side was developing and getting stronger and stronger.

But things changed, and a string of poor results from 2012 to the end of the season, saw the London club finish in a very poor 12th place, lower than Norwich, West Ham, Swansea and West Brom.

With just eleven wins, ten draws and a massive seventeen losses over the course of the 2012-13 season, 43 points was all Fulham earned, despite having the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Damien Duff and Mladen Petric in their squad.

Martin Jol was rarely considered to be replaced at Fulham in the summer but a poor season this year could see him sacked.

The 57-year old needs to provide more stability and consistency if he wants to take Fulham forward.

This season hasn’t started great. Despite winning 1-0 win at Sunderland on the first game of the season, they were easily beaten at home to Arsenal three goals to one before scraping through in the Capital one cup against League 2 side Burton on penalties and then losing 1-0 against Newcastle United.

Jol has bought in some new players that could inspire Fulham to some success and overcome their inconsistency. New goalkeeper Marten Stekelenburg has played in a World cup final whilst Darren Bent, Adel Tarrabt and Scott Parker require good Premier league experience.

Maybe things will look up for Martin Jol but only if he can get his new players feeling at home as soon as possible.

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