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Under pressure Fulham manager Martin Jol believes that the back to back London derbies could determine his future, according to Sky Sports.

He has also indicated that he would be "worried" if he was were the the owner Shahid Kahn.

The west London club are on a run of four straight Premier League defeats, which has prompted Jol into believing that anything other than two victories against West Ham on Saturday, followed by Wednesday's home fixture against Tottenham, could result in his dismissal.

Increasing amounts of pressure have been mounting on the Dutchman with football critics claiming that his side isn't capable of competing at the highest level, whilst he has also been subjected to a chorus of intimidating boo's by the Fulham faithful in recent games.

Jol's side who have just recorded three wins in 12 league games remains confident but said: "You don't have to talk to an owner to be an aware of the fact that you need points to get back to a winning culture, to a little bit of stability."

"You can loose once or twice but you can't loose four or five times on the trot, that will put you in a bad position."

The former Tottenham manager feels that one win could spur his side on to go on a unbeaten streak which would lift the club out of its relegation predicament.

"One win will get us back among others and take the pressure off and then hopefully we could have a good run like last year."

Asked about whether he felt his job at the club was safe he added: "If we win, yeah. If we don't, then I don't know. It is always difficult."

"If I was on the board or an owner I would be worrying. We need wins. Every game is almost a must win game. That is what i have told everyone." 

"If you are at a club like Fulham or Stoke or Swansea you always get times when things go wrong and you have to try to get back to winning ways."

Two weeks ago former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen was appointed as Jol's right hand man at the club leading to speculation that Meulensteen was brought in to succeed the 57-year-old.

This has cranked up the pressure even more on Jol, although he has insisted that he welcomed his arrival at the club with open arms.

"Sometimes you have to change something to get back to winning ways and I thought it was necessary to get someone like him and I think it has paid of in training," Jol said.

"Players have responded to it and some have a new lease of life."

"We are not a typical club with problems. There is a good atmosphere and spirit, a good rhythm too in training. I feel that we are good enough to get higher in the league."

Although this can be easier said than done. Fulham have scored 11 goals and conceded a staggering 21 and along the way have lost seven of their last 10 premier league games, whist also conceding 11 goals in the past four defeats.

Talking about the decisive week ahead he said: "It's a big week because if we could manage to win two games we would be fine."

The former Hamburg manager has been dealt with bittersweet news ahead of the clash with West Ham with defender Brede Hangeland returning from a back injury, but star striker Dimitar Berbatov is doubtful after picking up a cold.

"My message is you have to back the players. if you talk about Berbatov or Bryan Ruiz, they are different, they are skilful players, but they are giving 100 per cent, believe me, even though they look different."

Asked about how he has dealt with criticism directed at him by the ruffled Fulham fans he said: "I feel it is trust and belief needed by the fans that they will do their best for the club. After the match it does not matter if they boo them off the pitch, or me, but during the game we need support."

"There is always pressure and you have to set your targets. We talk about targets with the players. Our target is to get enough points to be over 20 points by christmas." 

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