Al Fayed 'won't be rushed' over gaffer

Al Fayed 'won't be rushed' over gaffer

Published Jul. 26, 2010 11:41 a.m. ET

Mohamed Al Fayed is not panicking about Fulham's failure to find a new manager despite the new season now being less than three weeks away.

The Cottagers' attempts to replace Roy Hodgson with Ajax's Martin Jol ended in failure last week when the Dutch club refused to allow their manager to join the Premier League side.

Sven-Goran Eriksson is now thought to be on the club's wishlist, although the Swede's agent Athole Still said last week that Fulham were yet to get in touch with the former England boss about taking over at Craven Cottage.

Temporary manager Ray Lewington is currently in charge of the team on their pre-season tour of Sweden, which ends with a friendly against Malmo tomorrow.


The club will then return to the UK to play Portsmouth and Werder Bremen before Bolton in their first Premier League fixture of the season on August 14.

A spokesman for the club insisted they will not be rushed into appointing a new manager despite the game with the Trotters now being less than three weeks away.

"The chairman is obviously confident that we will have someone in place but we won't be rushed into making a decision," he said.

"There is no deadline. The chairman wants to make sure that he has the right man for the job and will make that decision as and when he sees necessary.

"We have our second friendly of the pre-season tour of Sweden tomorrow and the chairman is very happy with the way that preparations are going under Ray Lewington so we are not panicking here.

"It's business as usual. Ray Lewington is doing a great job with the pre-season campaign and the managerial situation will be resolved as and when we have the right man for the job."

Bookmakers have also made Cardiff manager Dave Jones one of the favourites for the job.

Jones has seen his stock rise after guiding the Welsh side to the Championship play-off final last season, but he insists he is staying with the Bluebirds.

"I'm fully committed here. I'm fully behind this football club," Jones said.

"I can assure our fans that I am - as always - 100% working at this football club to try and get things right, as I have done every season and during the season.

"It's nice to have that written about you of course, I'm not going to lie and say that it isn't.

"But this football club for the last five years has got everything I've got, my family and me.

"You never say never in football because you don't know what's round the corner.

"People might think that you haven't done well so they get rid of you or somebody comes in, but there's nothing to talk about, it's all speculation and I'm just getting on with my job as I always have done."