Struggling Fulham fires manager Martin Jol

Fulham has fired manager Martin Jol, with the club in 18th place

in the Premier League.

The club said in a statement Sunday that Rene Meulensteen is the

new manager. His first game is against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Meulensteen previously worked under Alex Ferguson at Manchester

United.

Fulham has just 10 points from 13 games and is in the relegation

zone following a 1-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday. Owner and

chairman Shahid Khan, who bought the team this year, said that with

more than half the season left ”an immediate change was

necessary.”

Jol took over Fulham in 2011, having previously managed

Tottenham for three seasons before being fired in 2007. He has also

coached the German club Hamburger SV and the Dutch team Ajax.