Jol knew his days were numbered when his friend and fellow countryman Rene Meulensteen was employed as his assistant.
Meulensteen had acquired a good reputation when coaching at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson and he was clearly brought to Craven Cottage to take over from Jol. Fulham lost 3-0 at the weekend and Jol was removed from office immediately after that game against West Ham.
But the writing had been on the wall for the likeable Dutchman once the man who appointed him, Mohamed Al-Fayed, had relinquished control of the struggling Premier League club.
The new owner, Shahid Khan, said Fulham fans deserved better than six successive defeats.
Meulensteen, who was first team coach for five years at Old Trafford, has got a contract to manage until the end of the season. If he keeps Fulham in the Premier League he will likely get a new and improved contract.
On taking the job he said: “I am confident because of the sort of experiences I have had for so many years at Manchester United. I know what is required at the top end of the Premier League. But this is a different challenge. Don’t speak to me about getting the team into the top 6 or top 10. You need to close ranks and start winning again. We need to stop conceding easy goals.”
Club owner and Chairman Khan said: “Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There is no question Martin is an excellent football man. However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better.”
Martin Jol has always struck me as a good man and an honest one. He has not always been treated with the respect he deserves (stand up Daniel Levy at Spurs). He was sacked at White Hart Lane but viewers watching his last Spurs game on TV knew before he himself had been told. A disgrace.
This time the removal from office was a tad more subtle but he saw it coming. Whether it is in the UK or elsewhere in Europe, Jol is likely to get another job soon and I for one wish him well when he does.