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Fulham in no panic for boss as Jones opts out

Fulham insist they have set no deadline for the appointment of their new manager despite the club's search for Roy Hodgson's successor threatening to drag on into its fourth week.

The Cottagers' attempts to replace Hodgson with Ajax's Martin Jol ended in failure last week when the Dutch club refused to allow their manager to join the London-based Premier League side.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones is now the bookmakers' favourite for the job, while Sven-Goran Eriksson, Mark Hughes and former Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klinsmann have also been mentioned as possible candidates.

Temporary manager Ray Lewington will remain in charge for the club's final game of their pre-season tour of Sweden tonight before the team return to the UK, where they will take on Portsmouth and Werder Bremen before their Premier League curtain-raiser at Bolton Wanderers on August 14.

A spokesperson insisted the club will not be rushed into appointing a successor to Hodgson, who left for Liverpool on July 1.

"The chairman is confident that we will have someone in place, but we won't be rushed into making a decision," the spokesperson said.

"There is no deadline. The chairman wants to make sure that he has the right man for the job and will make that decision as and when he sees necessary.

"We have our second friendly of the pre-season tour of Sweden tomorrow and the chairman is happy with the way preparations are going under Ray Lewington so we are not panicking here.

"It's business as usual. Ray Lewington is doing a great job with the pre-season campaign and the managerial situation will be resolved as and when we have the right man for the job."

Bluebirds boss Jones has seen his stock rise after guiding the Welsh side to the Championship play-off final last season, but he insists he is going nowhere.

"I'm fully committed here. I'm fully behind this football club," Jones said.

"I can assure our fans that I am -- as always -- 100pc working at this football club."


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