Last Updated: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 08:42
Fulham are ready to open talks with Martin Jol over a new contract as they try to ensure managerial stability at Craven Cottage.
The Dutchman's current deal expires at the end of the season and, although negotiations have yet to start over an extension, both sides are ready to sit down and discuss terms.
Fulham officials have been impressed by Jol's tenure so far after he took the Cottagers to ninth in the Premier League in his first season in charge. Last season's 52-point haul was only a point short of their record tally in the top tier.
The ex-Spurs boss coped well with the Clint Dempsey contract saga and rebuilt his squad after the loss of Moussa Dembele.
And, with Fulham currently standing seventh in the league after nine games of the current campaign, Jol is in a strong position to improve his contract.
The 56-year-old has the backing of chief executive Alistair Mackintosh and owner Mohamed Al-Fayed who supported his judgement in August by negotiating the signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United on big wages.
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