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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fulham part company with Martin Jol

Fulham have confirmed that Martin Jol has left his position as manager, with Rene Meulensteen taking over first team duties "effective immediately."

• Delaney: Pressure on Jol
Mison: The nightmare is over

Jol's position had come under increasing scrutiny following a poor start to the Premier League season, with Saturday's 3-0 loss at West Ham their fifth in a row.

The Dutchman said after the game that he was prepared to fight for his future -- but Fulham confirmed his exit in a statement on Sunday confirming his exit.

Former Manchester United coach Meulensteen was recently appointed head coach at Craven Cottage.

Shahid Khan, who became Fulham chairman in the summer, said on the club's official website: "Today I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming chairman earlier this year.

"Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There is no question Martin is an excellent football man, and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our club.

"However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary."

Jol said: "It was a privilege to manage Fulham, one of the great clubs in the Premier League or anywhere in the world.

"I am disappointed in this season, but know there are better days ahead for Fulham and its supporters.  I will always treasure my experience here, and want to thank Mr Khan and everyone at Fulham for the opportunity."

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