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.
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."
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.
Earlier we responded to an incident where scaffolding fell onto a double decker bus on Gonville St. Thankfully no injuries, road now cleared
Routes 39 85 93 265 270 414 in Gonville Street, SW15 is now CLEAR from earlier incident. Buses back to normal line of route.
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.
Routes 39, 85, 93, 265, 270 and 414 are currently on diversion.
Scaffolding has crashed onto a bus in a street in Fulham. Transport or London says no one was injured following the incident on Gonville Street at lunchtime today.
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."
We are all delighted to welcome Rene to Fulham. There was always going to be a battle for Rene's services and, with the assistance of our Chairman Shahid Khan, we have been able to bring one of the best coaches in the world to Fulham.
Rene Meulensteen is joining Fulham FC as Head Coach. Meulensteen will begin immediately, working alongside Manager Martin Jol.
Meulensteen worked at Manchester United for over a decade, and alongside Sir Alex Ferguson during a second spell at Old Trafford between 2007 and this summer.