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Fulham facing 'massive challenge' in Premier League

Fulham sit three points from safety, but have a difficult home fixture against Tottenham on Wednesday.

It's a massive challenge. But when you're faced with a challenge like this it comes down to making sure you get the basic things right.

You need to stay mentally strong and make sure the fans are getting behind the team. We need to make sure the players are mentally strong and believe.

– Rene Meulensteen

Fulham can stay in Premier League, says new manager

Fulham's new manager Rene Meulensteen says he is is confident the team can stay in the Premier League. Martin Jol was sacked after six consecutive defeats, bringing an end to a two-and-a-half year spell at the club.

Martin Jol (left) with Rene Meulensteen Credit: Press Association

Rene Meulensteen's previous experience as a manager is very limited. His previous roles came at Brondby and Qatari teams Al-Gharafa and Al-Sadd. However, he insists he is up to the challenge:

"I know what is required at the top end of the Premier League. This is a different challenge with different pressure. This is making sure you realise the need to keep three teams below you. Don't even speak about getting into the top six, top 10, whatever it is.

"You need to make sure you close your ranks, and you make sure you start winning again."

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Jol sacked

Martin Jol. Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fulham manager Martin Jol has been sacked, after yesterday's 3-0 loss to West Ham marked their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.

The club thanked Jol for his efforts over the past three years - but said that fans deserved better results than they'd had this season.

Head coach Rene Meulensteen will take up the reins.

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Road closed after scaffolding crashes into bus in Fulham

At around 13:25 on Tuesday 26 November a route 414 double deck bus, operated by Abellio, struck scaffolding on Gonville Street near Putney Bridge Underground Station SW6.

There are no reported injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are currently assessing the safe removal of the bus and scaffolding until which time the road will remain closed.

There will be an investigation into this incident.

– Ken Davidson, TfL's Head of Bus Operations

Routes 39, 85, 93, 265, 270 and 414 are currently on diversion.

Rene has 'shared vision' of football at Fulham

Rene Meulensteen added: "I was impressed by the vision of Shahid Khan and Alistair Mackintosh.

"I have spent many hours talking with Martin Jol and we share a vision of how football should be played and how players should be developed. It is our job to make sure we can bring this vision to life on the pitch for the fans."

Rene Meulensteen with Wayne Rooney during his time at Manchester United Credit: Press Association
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