René Meulensteen was appointed the manager of Fulham FC on 1st December, 2013. The Dutchman is their 7th manager in the last ten years. The 49-year-old replaced the other Dutchman, Martin Jol, after a bad start to the Londoner’s Premier League campaign.
Under Martin Jol, Fulham won just 3 matches out of 13 fixtures in the league this season. Even the former manager himself realized that he could get the sack and before the game against Spurs, Jol stated this season’s run as his worst ever.
He said, “ It is not in my hands. If I have to worry, I was worried a couple of months ago. It is not one day to another, it is for the last two months. The last couple of months, I think, sometimes we are not strong enough. This is my worst run. Five Premier League defeats in a row is why we are in the bottom three. If West Ham had not won, they would be in a similar situation.”
The Cottagers are currently in the relegation zone and have accumulated just 13 points from 16 match weeks. The only positive, if we count with all our concentration, would be that they are doing a better job than Sunderland and are above them in the league table.
Fulham finished 12th in the Premier League table last season, an average performance from their standards. Rene was brought in to assist Martin Jol and he has now taken up the responsibility to get the club out of the relegation zone. It would be the only ask of the fans and the owner Shahid Khan.
In his 3 matches as a manager, Meulensteen has lost two and won one. To be fair to the newly appointed Dutchman, he had to face high flying Everton and the big spenders Tottenham. Aston Villa were taken care of by Sidwell and Berbatov’s goals.
Rene was previously the assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United from 2007 to 2013.
Until the end of 2013, the new manager’s biggest achievement would be if he could keep Manchester City at bay. The other two matches would not be as challenging as the cash rich Manchester club. His six year stint at the Red side of Manchester might give him an extra motivation to win against Pellegrini’s men.
It is already the season of managers getting sacked. Who do you think would be the next in line, could it be David Moyes?