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The midfielder, on loan from QPR, says the players must look closer to home following the manager's dismissal on Sunday, after a run of five consecutive defeats

Adel Taarabt says the Fulham squad should take as much of the blame as sacked manager Martin Jol for the club's lowly Premier League standing.

Jol was sacked on Sunday following the a 3-0 defeat at West Ham - their fifth Premier League loss in a row – which leaves them 18th, three points from safety.

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The Dutchman was replaced immediately by head coach Rene Meulensteen, but Taarabt has questioned whether the former Tottenham boss was right to take the brunt of the abuse.

"What's gone wrong? I don't know," Taarabt told the Fulham Chronicle.

"The manager was a great guy; always positive but at the moment, it's not happening.

"If you don't win four or five or five games, the manager gets the blame - but I think the players should have this blame too.

"If we're not doing what we should on the pitch, then the players should be asked the same questions as he was asked."

Bryan Ruiz was also saddened by Jol’s sacking, especially after his manager backed him after being booed when he was substituted against Manchester United in November.

"I am very grateful to Martin because he was responsible for bringing me to Fulham, I learned a lot from him," said Ruiz.

"He came to my defence. I always tried to do my best to back him."

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