Fulham midfielder Kasami defends under-fire Jol

The Swiss midfielder "understands the frustration" after the Cottagers' unimpressive start to the Premier League season but believes that the manager has the experience to succceed
Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami has urged fans to support Martin Jol, while promising to repay the faith shown in him by the manager.

The Cottagers sit 17th in the Premier League after taking just two wins from from their first seven games and speculation surrounds the Dutchman's future at the club, though the Swiss feels that the criticism is unmerited.

"I understand the frustration from the fans but the manager doesn't deserve [the criticism]," Kasami told The Fulham Chronicle.

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"He's got great experience and he's coached at some top clubs. He gave me a lot of confidence and I've tried to repay him with my performances."

The midfielder has made eight appearances for Fulham in all competitions so far this season and secured a place in the Switzerland squad for their World Cup qualifiers with Albania and Slovenia on the back of his strong individual start.

"I'm one of the youngest in the team and I try to show every week what I can do," Kasami enthused. "I'm very pleased with this season because I've been playing a lot and showed a lot of people that I can be an important player for Fulham.

"I'm the captain of the [Switzerland] Under-21s but the first-team coach told me I'm a very important player once they qualify for the World Cup.

"For now my job is to do well at Fulham and the rest will come."