Martin Jol: Fulham boss does not fear sack at Craven Cottage

Fulham boss Martin Jol says he is not worried about being sacked despite his side losing their third game in a week and sixth in the league this season.

There were boos and chants of "Jol out" after only 22 minutes of Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by Manchester United.

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I can't keep coming up with excuses but we are not Real Madrid

Martin Jol Fulham manager

But the Dutchman insisted: "I have no fear. In the past they used to say 'have no fear, Martin is here'.

"Sometimes I worry if the supporters are at my back, but it is better they are on my back than the players' back."

Fulham have struggled at Craven Cottage this season, winning just one of their five Premier League games, but they slipped only one place - to 15th - after this latest loss.

Six of their 10 points have come on the road, and once Manchester United's Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney had scored midway though the first half, boos rang out around Fulham's the west London ground.

"If you are in the bottom half of the table you have to win games," said Jol.

"It is not as bad as people think, but the only thing is you want to turn it around like Newcastle United did [against Chelsea on Saturday]."

Fulham rallied as Alex Kacaniklic's deflected shot offered a glimmer of hope with Darren Bent also heading onto the bar.

Jol added: "I can't say that I'm used to [boos] because I've been at a few clubs where they were probably chanting my name.

Fulham's Premier League results

  • Lost 3-1 to Man Utd (home)
  • Lost 2-0 to So'ton (away)
  • Beat Crystal Palace 4-1 (away)
  • Beat Stoke 1-0 (home)
  • Lost 2-1 to Cardiff (home)
  • Lost 2-0 Chelsea (away)
  • Drew 1-1 with West Brom (home)
  • Lost 1-0 to Newcastle (away)
  • Lost 3-1 to Arsenal (home)
  • Beat Sunderland 1-0 (away)

"They are entitled to [boo]. I will take the blame. I'm responsible and I'm a proud man so I want us to do better and the players know that and that is why they came back in the second half.

"I can't keep coming up with excuses but I still feel if you look at the teams that are around in the bottom half, it's not easy - we are not Real Madrid."

Manchester United boss David Moyes saw his team pick up their fifth win in six games and said he was seeing signs of recovery after a poor start to the season, although he did not rule out making signings in the January transfer window.

He told BBC Sport: "It's always been my team since I've taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but when you come into any new job it can take time to settle in and it has a little bit for us.

"But Manchester United, over the years, sometimes make slow starts and get better as the season has gone on. That will hopefully be the case for us."