Martin Jol is just 4/5 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked and when you consider the inexperience of the chairman above him, taking that price looks a very profitable move.
His superior, Shahid Khan, the US billionaire who replaced Mohamed Al Fayed as club owner over the summer, won’t have been best pleased with the way Fulham crumbled to a dismal 2-1 defeat at home to newly promoted Cardiff City.
Chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” rang around Craven Cottage when Bluebirds substitute Andy Mutch netted a last minute winner. Steven Caulker’s opener had earlier been cancelled out by Bryan Ruiz.
The west Londoners have taken just four points from their opening six matches, scoring just four goals as their reliance on the ageing Dimitar Berbatov, who scored 15 goals last season but is without one in the Premier League this campaign, has been woefully exposed.
Under the new owner Jol would have been keen to make a lasting impression, however, blowing points to West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff along with putting on dismal attacking performances in losses to Arsenal and Chelsea, would have been noted by Khan.
Under the previous reigime, led by Al Fayed, Fulham never got too big for their boots and knew their limitations under an experienced man who understood the game.
However, new man Khan is new to this unique world of football ownership, and despite saying that he does not like to make staff changes mid-season, the pressure from the fan base to sack Jol may be a public relations move the Fulham owner will not be able to pass up.
A man like Khan, who has a huge contact book and fingers in many pies, will be a target for agents looking to move managers they represent into a Premier League job.
They’ll be in his ear constantly over the next seven days, which will lead only to one thing: the axe falling on Jol.