Premier League: Martin Jol admits he is under pressure ahead of derbies
Fulham boss Martin Jol admits he needs results in the London derbies with West Ham and Tottenham.
Last Updated: 30/11/13 7:05am
Fulham play West Ham on Saturday and Tottenham on Wednesday after a dreadful run of five straight defeats in the Premier League.
The fans are restless, with Jol targeted by the Craven Cottage boo-boys in recent weeks and he admits that he needs results - and fast.
"You don't have to talk to an owner to be aware of the fact that you need points to get back to a winning culture, to a little bit of stability," he said.
"You can lose once or twice but you can't lose four or five times on the trot. That will put you in a bad position.
"One win will get us back among others and take the pressure off and then hopefully we could have a good run like last year."
Asked if he believed his position as manager was safe, Jol added: "If we win, yes. If we don't, I don't know. It is always difficult. If I was on the board or an owner I would be worrying.
"We need wins. Every game is almost a must-win game. That is what I have told everyone.
"If you are at a club like Fulham or Stoke or Swansea you always get times when things could go wrong and you have to try to get back to winning ways."
Two weeks ago Fulham appointed Rene Meulensteen, who had success with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, to work with Jol.
Jol insists he welcomes the initiative, adding: "Sometimes you have to change something to get back to winning ways and I thought it was necessary to get someone like him and I think it has paid off in training. Players have responded to it and some have got a new lease of life.
"We are not a typical club with problems. There is a good atmosphere and spirit, a good rhythm too in training. I feel we are good enough to get higher up the league.
"It's a big week because if we could manage to win two games we would be fine.
"My message is you have to back the players. If you talk about Berbatov or Bryan Ruiz, they are different they are skilful players, but they are giving 100 per cent, believe me, even though they look a bit different.
"I feel it is trust and belief needed by the fans that they will do their best for the club. After the match it does not matter if they boo them off the pitch, or me, but during the game we need support.
"There is always pressure and you have to set your targets. We talk about targets with the players. Our target is to get enough points to be over 20 points after Christmas."