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Monday round-up: Jol favourite to replace Hughes

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Zoltan Gera still seems bound for the Baggies, despite the departure of Mark Hughes
Zoltan Gera still seems bound for the Baggies, despite the departure of Mark Hughes

For the second year in a row, Martin Jol is the favoured candidate to fill the managerial vacancy at Craven Cottage. 

Jol was close to joining Fulham after the departure of Roy Hodgson but the proposed move hit a snag as his club at the time, Ajax, were unwilling to release the former Tottenham boss.

Reports today suggest that while Aston Villa are also interested in signing Martin Jol, it is Fulham leading the race to land the signature of the Dutchman. The Daily Telegraph suggests the strong relationship between the management teams at Aston Villa and Fulham means the two clubs are unlikely to go after the same manager to fill their respective vacancies.

The Telegraph suggests what would be a simple solution: Steve McLaren will head for Villa Park and it will be second time lucky for Fulham, as they'll supposedly snare the out-of-work Martin Jol.

More surprising is the news overnight that Danny Murphy has put his name forward as a potential successor for Mark Hughes.

Murphy was mooted as a possible replacement for Roy Hodgson on this very site a year ago though it seems likely he'll be overlooked again in favour of someone with managerial experience. An assistant role of some description could be the ideal solution for all involved, though, as Murphy is seen as future management material.

The departure of Mark Hughes doesn't seem to have halted Zoltan Gera's exit from the club, as reportedly talks are under way with West Brom to take him back to the Baggies.

Gera made no secret of the fact he wasn't happy at the lack of game time he received under Hughes' tenure and, while he has yet to rule out staying at Fulham, it appears the prospect of being reunited with Roy Hodgson will tempt the Hungary international back to his former club.