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Struggling Fulham fires manager Martin Jol

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LONDON (AP)

Fulham has fired manager Martin Jol, with the club in 18th place in the Premier League.

The club said in a statement Sunday that Rene Meulensteen is the new manager. His first game is against Tottenham on Wednesday. Meulensteen previously worked under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Fulham has just 10 points from 13 games and is in the relegation zone following a 1-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday. Owner and chairman Shahid Khan, who bought the team this year, said that with more than half the season left ''an immediate change was necessary.''

Jol took over Fulham in 2011, having previously managed Tottenham for three seasons before being fired in 2007. He has also coached the German club Hamburger SV and the Dutch team Ajax.

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